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Keep The Arc Lights Burning

The Government-apos-s latest publication on the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc is a very odd document. It announces itself as an opportunity to work with communities and local partners, but only so as to develop a plan for growth. Given the unsustainable level and form of growth already mooted for t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 February 2021

 

The Arc And Tranquillity

Writing about the English landscape in the 1950s, W.G. Hoskins remarked that the price of solitude was eternal vigilance. Seventy years later, solitude is a lost cause in most of the crowded south-east corner of England. Paradoxically, however, and for various reasons, loneliness has increased. To ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 19 February 2021

 

A Level Planning Field

If a society is to function smoothly and fairly, one necessity is an adequate level of health among the majority of its population. For this reason, the medical profession, human and institutional, is of huge importance. It is part of the critical infrastructure of a nation. And for this reason too,...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 26 January 2021

 

The Glare Of Arc Lights

Given that even proponents of the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc now admit the plan to dump a million homes in the countryside has proved toxic, one needs to ask why one of its main cheer-leaders is now claiming it plans a million-and-a-half. The claim appeared last week in a blog by Bidwells planni...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2021

 

Levelling-up Or Just Levelling

The news that Transport for the North is to have its budget allocation slashed is another blow to the Government levelling-up agenda which remains suspect so long as it continues to pursue southern-based initiatives like the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. It now looks as if the DfT is going to award less tha...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 January 2021

 

Twenty Twenty-one Vision

However you look at it, 2020 was a dog of a year. Inevitably, coronavirus dominated the headlines. Many people lost loved ones, fell sick themselves or suffered long-term issues. Many more lost their jobs or saw their businesses damaged or destroyed. All of us have been denied many of the simple ple...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 31 December 2020

 

RESOURCES

Below you can find links to useful information & downloads

Environmental Audit Committee Water Quality in Rivers Inquiry Response (January 2021)

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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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