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Lies, Damned Lies And Belters

Green belts are one of the most powerful implements in the toolbox of British planning but, like all powerful devices, they can become dangerous if mishandled. One of their big dangers is turning politicians into liars. I was reminded of this yesterday by the response of the Ministry of Housing, Com...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 October 2019

 

Election Fever

One should never, of course, pay too much attention to what politicians say at their party conferences, least of all when a general election is looming. Nevertheless, ministers do sometimes set out their stall for the coming Parliamentary term, or indeed their pitch to the voters. Just bear in mind ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 01 October 2019

 

Climate Action Day

Today, as every schoolkid knows, is Climate Action Day. Despite all the Climate Emergencies being declared by various people, today for most people, like every other day, will actually mean going about business as usual. As ever, climate action is something somebody else ought to take. Well, this w...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 September 2019

 

Gardeners Question Time

A question most people involved with the environment dread being asked is how many ecosystem services there are. The only possible answer is quite a lot. I am not being flippant here because this matters. It matters a lot. Ecosystem services provide a great deal of what sustains us on this fragile a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 September 2019

 

This Land Is Our Land

The intense cyclonic systems which have passed over Great Britain this month did not even rate naming as storms, despite producing some memorable local flooding, intense winds and a layer of gloom among those who had chosen August staycations. But ever more intense weather events are the new normal ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 17 August 2019

 

England Plc And Linear Thinking

Imagine a company with perhaps thousands of employees, and offices and warehouses in several parts of the country. They manufacture widgets and wodgets and offer repairs & services for their products. They also have a consultancy division, which offers advice on the sector and how to make the most o...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 08 August 2019

 

RESOURCES

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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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