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A Critical Moment For Climate Change

We environmentalists are usually better at dishing out criticism than taking it, but that may have to change now issues like climate change are shooting up the political agenda. Whether this last week does prove to be a turning point in governments, businesses and ordinary folk accepting the challen...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 April 2019

 

The Vision Thing

Planners are sensitive folk, hardly surprising given the abuse they get in their everyday work and the 15 year onslaught on the practice in England by Whitehall. But more than a few planning feathers have been ruffled by an article by URBED director David Rudlin which argues that 72 years of the pla...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 April 2019

 

Opacity And Secrecy

Anyone who has followed the planning system in England over the past 15 years will be aware that central government has been slowly but surely strangling the rights of local planning authorities and citizens to make a meaningful contribution to the decision making process. Sadly this has cut across ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 April 2019

 

Murder In Midsomershire

Readers who enjoy a good mystery story should hasten to read the latest Government public relations exercise on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The latest one was slipped out as part of the Spring Statement which itself got very little coverage while MPs brawled and battled over Brexit. And it really is f...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 17 March 2019

 

Spring Is Here, Time To Stop Birds Nesting

You can tell spring is coming. All over the country house builders are wrapping hedges in nets to stop birds nesting in them, so as to prevent bird lovers from delaying their plans for profitable, low-density, greenfield sprawl. Early spring is, of course, the time of year to do this before that pes...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 11 March 2019

 

The Arc Is A Fight That Must Be Won

So, the race is on to build the first stretch of the London Outer M25 and it looks as if the top-quality farmland in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire could play host to the first 10-mile stretch of the new High Carbon Collar around the capital. Highways England this month announced the route for its ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 February 2019

 

RESOURCES

Below you can find links to useful information & downloads

The Overheated Arc Press Release (February 2019)

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The Overheated Arc - Part 1 (February 2019)

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Landscapes Review Consultation Response (December 2018)

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Household Projections and Housing Need Consultation (December 2018)

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NPPF Consultation Response (May 2018)

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PRESS RELEASE Griff Rhys Jones Joins Groups Fighting Garden Communities (April2018)

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PRESS RELEASE Garden Communities - Why Communities Are Saying No (April 2018)

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Garden Communities - Why Communities Say No (April 2018)

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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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