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Planning For The Futile

The planning white paper sets a new path for English planning but, sad to say, mostly over a cliff. It has certainly proved controversial. Many organisations, including Smart Growth UK, will now be finalising their responses. But the white paper has provoked one question no-one seems able to provide...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 October 2020

Objectives And Objectivity

If the proposals in the Government planning white paper are adopted, would they reduce or further entrench the structural bias already embedded in the planning system which favours land owners, developers and maximum financial returns over non-economic issues and precautionary principles? One of the...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 12 October 2020

Mutant Thinking

The news that the proposed change in the way the Government calculates the level of house building it will impose on local communities would see numbers rise by 178 percent in Cumbria and no less than 933 percent in rural Richmondshire should surprise no-one. Dubbed the -apos-mutant algorithm-apos-,...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 03 October 2020

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Rail fare rises attacked

Added on 05 December 2017

The Campaign for Better Transport has hit out at the news that rail fares are to rise by an average 3.4 percent next year.

Chief executive Stephen Joseph said the rises would be the highest for five years and would mean a cruel joke for hard-pressed rail commuters. He said CBT had campaigned for a freeze this year but the Government ignored this, despite freezing fuel duty.

"Whilst we welcome the new rail cards, which will help younger commuters and those getting to school or training, these don‘t remove the need for fundamental reform of the complex rail fares system and for season tickets for the growing number of part-time workers," said Mr Joseph.

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