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Planning For the Futile

The planning white paper sets a new path for English planning but, sad to say, mostly over a cliff. It has certainly proved controversial. Many organisations, including Smart Growth UK, will now be finalising their responses. But the white paper has provoked one question no-one seems able to provide...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 October 2020

Objectives And Objectivity

If the proposals in the Government planning white paper are adopted, would they reduce or further entrench the structural bias already embedded in the planning system which favours land owners, developers and maximum financial returns over non-economic issues and precautionary principles? One of the...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 12 October 2020

Mutant Thinking

The news that the proposed change in the way the Government calculates the level of house building it will impose on local communities would see numbers rise by 178 percent in Cumbria and no less than 933 percent in rural Richmondshire should surprise no-one. Dubbed the -apos-mutant algorithm-apos-,...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 03 October 2020

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PRESS RELEASE Griff Rhys Jones Joins Groups Fighting Garden Communities

The Civic Voice president has added a Foreword to the Smart Growth UK report on garden communities....

Added on 13 April 2018

PRESS RELEASE Garden Communities - Why Communities Are Saying No

A new report from Smart Growth UK allows 10 campaigns against garden communities to say why they are saying no....

Added on 13 April 2018

Resourcing challenge for brownfield registers

A new report says effective registers would require more input than overworked and underfunded planning departments can provide....

Added on 12 December 2017

US state capital aims at densification

Olympia, the capital of Washington State, is proposing regulatory changes to allow a significant rise in population without urban sprawl....

Added on 12 December 2017

San Francisco transit will run on renewables

The BART system will soon be 90 percent powered by solar or wind....

Added on 12 December 2017

Devolution deals needed on planning and environment

The RTPI says letting Whitehall alone regulate planning and the environment means standards will not be upheld...

Added on 07 December 2017

Supreme Court quashes AONB housing consent

The Court has upheld CPRE Kents challenge to 600 homes in the Farthingloe Valley....

Added on 06 December 2017

Smart Growth America warning on tax cuts

Smart Growth America has warned that US tax cuts will cause eithe massive deficits or massive damage to housing, transport and community development....

Added on 05 December 2017

Rail fare rises attacked

Campaigners have attacked the 3.4 percent rise in fares at a time fuel duty has been frozen....

Added on 05 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE Garden Towns and Villages

The Smart Growth UK coalition has published a report on the Government-sponsored garden towns and villages....

Added on 04 May 2017