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A Critical Moment For Climate Change

We environmentalists are usually better at dishing out criticism than taking it, but that may have to change now issues like climate change are shooting up the political agenda. Whether this last week does prove to be a turning point in governments, businesses and ordinary folk accepting the challen...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 April 2019

The Vision Thing

Planners are sensitive folk, hardly surprising given the abuse they get in their everyday work and the 15 year onslaught on the practice in England by Whitehall. But more than a few planning feathers have been ruffled by an article by URBED director David Rudlin which argues that 72 years of the pla...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 April 2019

Opacity And Secrecy

Anyone who has followed the planning system in England over the past 15 years will be aware that central government has been slowly but surely strangling the rights of local planning authorities and citizens to make a meaningful contribution to the decision making process. Sadly this has cut across ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 April 2019

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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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