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Riding Sunbeams, Chasing Moonbeams

If I were to say in this blog that I remain committed to the Smart Growth principles that regular readers are familiar with and then say that I thought they would be best achieved by pursuing policies like housing sprawl, motorway building, airport expansion and distribution shed sprawl, you might r...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 06 April 2020

 

Negotiating With Nature, Two Examples

In my previous blog on Nature and Negotiation, I described the process of negotiation recommended by Roger Fisher and William Ury of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Since examples are helpful to see how this might work with Nature, here are a couple of illustrative cases. Among the many responsibil...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 30 March 2020

 

Nature And Negotiation

For too long humans have forgotten, or have failed to realise, that our relationship with Nature is based on negotiation. Instead, we have treated this relationship as an imposition by one party, humanity, on the other, Nature, with no clear voice of its own. So, for the most part, we have not negot...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 26 March 2020

 

Interesting Times

Expecting the unexpected is one of the trickier things governments are expected to do. Preparing for the things you do expect is hard enough and the Covid-19 crisis has burst on the scene with enormous speed. The post mortem is, mercifully, a long way ahead and right now we need to concentrate on de...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 March 2020

 

Melting The Ice

About 30 years ago, the magazine where I then worked made a bit of a laughing stock of itself by claiming a World Exclusive. Scientists, we reported, were becoming increasingly concerned about the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. If it melted, we said, it would raise world sea levels by up...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 March 2020

 

Fit For Purpose

Most new governments over the past 40 years have come to power promising to cull the quango population. This ambition quickly founders when they discover these bodies are really useful ways of delivering unpopular public services while insulating the minister from blame when things go wrong. Just at...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 February 2020

 

RESOURCES

Below you can find links to useful information & downloads

PRESS RELEASE Garden Communities - And How To Counter Them (February 2020)

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Garden Communities - And How To Counter Them (February 2020)

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The Overheated Arc 2 Press Release (September 2019)

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The Overheated Arc - Part 2 (September 2019)

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Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission Interim Report Response (July 2019)

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Light Rail Opportunities Consultation Response (May 2019)

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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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