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Reports Of The Death Of Dr Beeching Have Been Exaggerated

Headlines about the new national strategic vision for rail concentrated on an alleged Government plan to reverse Beeching, which must have been a relief to ministers given that the document looks like making our dysfunctional franchising system even worse and more expensive to the taxpayer. Reversin...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For

There has been much understandable relief that chancellor Philip Hammond ignored calls from flaky think-tanks for wholesale releases of land in green belts for housing. But his Budget was very far from good news in many other ways. There were a few good things in it on the brownfield housing front a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 November 2017

Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 2017

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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

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

Sajid Javid has turned down three major greenfield housing schemes in the East of England, but has approved one in David Camerons constituency....

Added on 07 September 2016

UK should still respect European green laws

Ten European environmental bodies have told leaders the UK must respect present and future EU green laws if it wants access to the single market....

Added on 02 September 2016

MPs voice transport sustainability concerns

A select committee of MPs has told the DfT to pay more attention to sustainability and emissions....

Added on 01 September 2016

Metro expansion for North East proposed

Councils in North East England have published rail extension plans...

Added on 29 July 2016

Chicago pays millions for land remediation

The City is to spend heavily on remediation in seven industrial areas...

Added on 29 July 2016