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A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

 

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018

 

An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

 

A Property Desiring Democracy

All but the most avid free-marketeers today accept there are instances of market failure and that these require government intervention now and then. But I am beginning to wonder if the current level of debate about English housing policy is starting to mark a sort of democracy failure. It was Winst...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 08 January 2018

 

The Body Of Adonis

The sudden resignation of Lord Adonis from the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission must have come as a bit of a shock to those looking forward to profiting from his Axis of Sprawl between Oxford and Cambridge. In truth, of course, it was concerns Adonis cited about Brexit and the increas...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 31 December 2017

 

Planning Is Good For You

I was actually quite shocked, a few years ago, when a planner I liked and respected accused me of not liking planners. As individuals, of course, planners are much like anyone else, a mixture of the likeable and unlikeable, the adorable and the, well, not-so-adorable. And I most certainly do not dis...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 December 2017

 

RESOURCES

Below you can find links to useful information & downloads

Garden Towns & Villages (May 2017)

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Housing White Paper Response (April 2017)

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A Sustainable Stimulus Programme (December 2016)

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A Sustainable Stimulus Programme (December 2016) Version for Printing

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NPPF Consultation Response February 2016

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Soil Health Inquiry Response

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SGUK Response to DCLG Brownfield Consultation

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Brownfield Local Development Order Principles

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Lyons Review Of House Response

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State Of Nature Report Response

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Meeting The Growth Challenge

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SG UK Manifesto & Principles

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