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As the world meets in Poland to discuss, yet again, what to do about climate change, those who hold shares in oil, coal or gas will have taken heart from the Gilet Jaune movement in France which has driven its Government to abandon plans to raise oil prices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ne...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2018

Village Football, Armaments And The Planning System

When I was much younger, I kept a rather dull daily diary for a few years. The brief entry for 22 November 1975 reminds me that Eynsham Reserves played away versus Adlestrop in the Cup, on the pitch at Oddington. Unfortunately we lost 1-6 and I noted that I thought Adlestrop was in Gloucestershire. ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 04 December 2018

Democracy, Populism And Planning

All around the world, democracy is facing a bit of a shaky future. We may have been here before, but the travails that beset the world last time this happened inspire little confidence in the future, even if democracy survived. Right now, learned academics are grappling with new definitions of popul...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 25 November 2018

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PRESS RELEASE Griff Rhys Jones Joins Groups Fighting Garden Communities

Added on 13 April 2018

 

Civic Voice president Griff Rhys Jones has added his voice to the groups fighting "garden communities" being imposed on them by the Government.

He has penned a powerful Foreword to a Smart Growth UK report mostly written by groups around the country who are opposing garden towns and villages. Griff warns that, far from being utopias, these are disordered schemes that ignore local communities and would be located on wholly unsuitable sites.

"We encounter proposals that are not going to answer local needs for housing at all, but will waste precious countryside by building low density sprawling estates and creating expensive houses," he says.

"These are nearly all extensions and not new settlements."

Griff warns that terms like "housing crisis" and "emergency" are being used to force through development of the countryside which enriches land owners but fails to provide the affordable homes we need.

The report sets out detailed objections by six groups opposing Government-sponsored garden communities and four opposing large greenfield developments dubbed "garden villages" by their promoters.

"We need to recognize that people who urge care, caution and attention are not dwelling in the past," says Griff. "They are protecting the future."

He says the protests, assessments and legitimate concerns in the report make sober reading.

Smart Growth UK Report

 

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