Was this the day that planning was kippered?

It’s now 17 years since chancellor Gordon Brown and deputy prime minister John Prescott were spotted by the press walking and talking in the car park at Loch Fyne restaurant car park in Argyll, after being told the restaurant was full. But it feels politically like a different age. The two ministers were returning from a memorial service on Iona […]

Dark days ahead

One of the most tiresome and inaccurate things to be told during a crisis is that: “It’s always darkest before the dawn”. As we slowly, and hopefully, emerge from the pandemic, Sir David Attenborough recently reminded us that, horrific as Sars-Cov-2 has been, the coming climate and biodiversity crises will be worse still unless we take very swift action. So […]

A proper gander at the Arc

The origin of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc demonstrates the opposite of democratic principles.Democracy has been defined as government of the people, by the people, for the people. The Arc is an imposition on local people, by a London-based Oxbridge clique, largely for the benefit of land owners, developers and the political interests to which many of them donate.Looking through […]

Welcome to the new Smart Growth UK website

Our new website comes at a time of great challenge in UK planning and transportation policy, a time when Smart Growth policies have never been more sorely needed. We live in a world where the climate and biodiversity emergencies are, at long last, widely recognised, though woeful policies in the run-up to COP26 show meaningful action remains beyond the reach […]