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A Recurring Theme

In his biography of William Shakespeare, Bill Bryson mentions Sir Thomas Gresham (1519 to 79), a financier who came from a wealthy London merchant family. He is known for some -apos-good works-apos-, such as reducing royal debt and founding a university college in London. But, -apos-at just the time...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 29 November 2020

 

Planning For The Futile

The planning white paper sets a new path for English planning but, sad to say, mostly over a cliff. It has certainly proved controversial. Many organisations, including Smart Growth UK, will now be finalising their responses. But the white paper has provoked one question no-one seems able to provide...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 October 2020

 

Objectives And Objectivity

If the proposals in the Government planning white paper are adopted, would they reduce or further entrench the structural bias already embedded in the planning system which favours land owners, developers and maximum financial returns over non-economic issues and precautionary principles? One of the...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 12 October 2020

 

Mutant Thinking

The news that the proposed change in the way the Government calculates the level of house building it will impose on local communities would see numbers rise by 178 percent in Cumbria and no less than 933 percent in rural Richmondshire should surprise no-one. Dubbed the -apos-mutant algorithm-apos-,...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 03 October 2020

 

Motorway Madness

If anyone now doubts that the climate emergency is taking hold faster than even pessimists expected, they should look beyond recent gloomy stories about trillions of tonnes of ice having melted in recent decades and the rapid failure of the Greenland ice cap. They should simply look out of the windo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 25 August 2020

 

There May Be Trouble Ahead

I suppose I should be applying myself to the numbingly dreadful Planning White Paper, but we should not forget the other huge challenges ahead. The attempt to give house builders carte blanche to concrete our entire countryside is only one among several. The climate emergency is gathering pace and t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 10 August 2020

 

RESOURCES

Below you can find links to useful information & downloads

Planning White Paper - SGUK Response (October 2020)

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Planning White Paper Response - Public Involvement (October 2020)

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PRESS RELEASE - The White Paper and Constraints (October 2020)

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Planning White Paper Response - Constraints (October 2020)

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Changes to the Current Planning System response (September 2020)

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Decarbonized Transport (August 2020)

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PRESS RELEASE - Safeguarding Railway Reopenings (April 2020)

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Defending Our Lines - Safeguarding Railways for Reopening (April 2020)

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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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