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It really is quite alarming how the chorus of self-interested voices advocating the smashing up of the English planning system keeps banging on about Soviet-style controls. It is, of course, a familiar technique in the populist press. Take some casual slander and endlessly repeat it around several n...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 July 2020

Making Communities Wilder

A long-standing tradition among national environmental groups is not to challenge one another publicly. That is not to say there are no occasional private disagreements, but generally the tradition has worked well. Right now, however, three national bodies have tossed a stick of dynamite on to the f...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 June 2020

Cummings Corporations

Normally, ministers and civil servants consigned to the naughty step like to keep their heads down for a while, but that seems not to be the case with Dominic Cummings and Robert Jenrick. Both got into trouble over lockdown rules and the public gripes with Mr Cummings would fill a book. Indeed, seve...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 09 June 2020

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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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