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A Sewing Lesson

Pretty well everyone in the UK who is not either a volume house builder or one of their consultants now accepts that our natural environment is badly fragmented. So the DEFRA 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, published last February, is particularly interesting, containing as it does ideas fo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 January 2019

The Century The Earth Caught Fire

One bit of television you may have missed over the festive season was a rerun of the 1961 movie The Day The Earth Caught Fire. Basically the film is about a bunch of national newspaper journalists trying to find out why the weather is rapidly getting weirder. Weather events all around the world are ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 December 2018

A Mighty Boondoggle

Our American cousins call a project that is a waste of both time and money but which is pursued for commercial or political gain a Boondoggle. This could be a word worth learning. The scale of commercial ambition now buzzing round the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc proposals like a cloud of hungry f...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 December 2018

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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