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The Hunt For Unicorns Goes On

It would, said communities secretary James Brokenshire, set out a vision of a planning system that delivers the homes we need. That was just six months ago as he launched what was supposed to be a new long-term National Planning Policy Framework to replace the disastrous 2012 version, although in re...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 February 2019

A Sewing Lesson

Pretty well everyone in the UK who is not either a volume house builder or one of their consultants now accepts that our natural environment is badly fragmented. So the DEFRA 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, published last February, is particularly interesting, containing as it does ideas fo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 January 2019

The Century The Earth Caught Fire

One bit of television you may have missed over the festive season was a rerun of the 1961 movie The Day The Earth Caught Fire. Basically the film is about a bunch of national newspaper journalists trying to find out why the weather is rapidly getting weirder. Weather events all around the world are ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 December 2018

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