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Greenfield Every Time

Green belts are much in the news at the moment as campaigners all over the country strive to protect them from the tsunami of unwanted and unnecessary low-density development being forced on them. But despite this gathering tide of public opinion, you still see Sprawl Lobby practitioners moaning tha...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 March 2017

The Fourteen Year Itch

There is quite an irony in the decision to call the housing white paper Fixing Our Broken Housing Market. It was with that very objective in mind that HM Treasury, no less than 14 years ago, began its assault on the planning system and the environment that has so damaged our land. The Treasury-apos-...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 February 2017

Petrolhead Paradise

Almost five years ago, the then deputy prime minister Nick Clegg offered a conference three alternative ways of meeting housing shortages. We could, he said, either condemn ourselves to damaging the countryside by haphazard urban sprawl, we could cram ever more people into cities, concreting over ga...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 February 2017

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New Bill will limit council powers to impose conditions

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill will require councils to seek developers consent to pre-commencement conditions....

Added on 09 September 2016

Racing carries substantial weight at Newmarket

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Added on 07 September 2016

UK should still respect European green laws

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Added on 02 September 2016

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Added on 01 September 2016

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Added on 29 July 2016

Metro expansion for North East proposed

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Added on 29 July 2016

Chicago pays millions for land remediation

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Added on 29 July 2016

Liverpool terraces spring back to life

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Added on 29 July 2016