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What We Can Learn From History

I have been reading the letters of the Younger Pliny. If that sounds pretentious, it is rather. But there is a reason for it. We recently returned from a week-long holiday in southern Italy, in my case travelling with a twinge of -apos-flygskam-apos-, or flight shame, though clearly not enough. The ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 15 June 2019

A Manifesto For Our Future

The recent local government elections brought into office a significant number of independent candidates, and indeed many independent-minded members of our national parties. What they share in common is anger at having their planning system undermined by Whitehall to generate the sort of car-depende...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 05 June 2019

Jump To It, Chancellor

Setting no less a person than the Chancellor of the Exchequer four tests he must meet if the infrastructure needs of the nation are to be met sounds like it could be the action of a pretty independent body. With HM Treasury effectively running domestic policy, as it has done for some decades now, su...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 May 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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