A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018

An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

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Changes to Planning Framework Delayed

Added on 29 July 2016

The Government’s changes to England’s National Planning Policy Framework will not now be published until the autumn, communities minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed.

In a Commons written answer he told South West Devon MP Gary Streeter the Department received 1,100 responses to the consultation and expects to respond and make the changes in the autumn. His predecessor, Brandon Lewis, previously said they would be announced in the summer.

Smart Growth UK was among the bodies responding to the consultation, supporting the consultation’s plans for commuter hubs but recommending a stronger transit-oriented-development line. Changes to proposals for brownfield registers were also urged.

Mr Barwell also promised a response to the Commons Communities and Local Government report on the NPPF.

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