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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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No progress on transport carbon

Scottish transport carbon emissions remain stubbornly high....

Added on 19 January 2017

Javid outlines housing plans

The communities secretary has given a few more details of the Home Building Fund in advance of a white paper....

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