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Soviet Style

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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No progress on transport carbon

Scottish transport carbon emissions remain stubbornly high....

Added on 19 January 2017

Javid outlines housing plans

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Added on 11 October 2016

Fix local transport first urges Campaign

The Campaign for Better Transport is urging a shift in transport spending towards fixing existing infrastructure and local projects....

Added on 03 October 2016

Des Collins warns on Redcar

The solicitor who secured damages over reclamation of the Corby steel works has waded into the future of the Teesside site....

Added on 26 September 2016

Confused messages in Welsh transport plans

Welsh ministers have set out a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with new public transport and to increase them with motorway construction....

Added on 23 September 2016

Transit-oriented-development urged

A CPRE paper says TOD can be used in small to medium sized towns....

Added on 20 September 2016

Government snubs call for contaminated land funding

DEFRA has refused a Commons select committee recommendation to continue funding council Part 2A work....

Added on 17 September 2016

Bill should support rural buses say campaigners

The Bus Services Bill needs amending say campaginers....

Added on 17 September 2016

Bradford goes for hypersprawl

Bradford City Council core strategy proposes building 11,000 homes in its green belt....

Added on 14 September 2016

Car-dependent sprawl for West Oxfordshire

The District Council is proposing destruction of a huge area of farmland beside the A40....

Added on 12 September 2016