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Keep the Arc Lights Burning

The Government-apos-s latest publication on the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc is a very odd document. It announces itself as an opportunity to work with communities and local partners, but only so as to develop a plan for growth. Given the unsustainable level and form of growth already mooted for t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 February 2021

The Arc and tranquillity

Writing about the English landscape in the 1950s, W.G. Hoskins remarked that the price of solitude was eternal vigilance. Seventy years later, solitude is a lost cause in most of the crowded south-east corner of England. Paradoxically, however, and for various reasons, loneliness has increased. To ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 19 February 2021

A Level Planning Field

If a society is to function smoothly and fairly, one necessity is an adequate level of health among the majority of its population. For this reason, the medical profession, human and institutional, is of huge importance. It is part of the critical infrastructure of a nation. And for this reason too,...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 26 January 2021

Latest News

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