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Planning: 1/18 of 18

Protecting our countryside

Andrew Motion

13th November 2013

Britain's countryside must be protected from a host of threats, says Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate and President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Lose our countryside and we all lose a piece of our soul. more...

European forests absorbing less C02 - time for a rethink?

November 5th, 2013

Alan Simson

New research shows that European forests are 'peaking' in terms of their ability to absorb carbon dioxide. If this is true, writes Alan Simson, it's time to embrace some novel landscape-scale solutions ... more...
architectural blueprint

What will the coalition Government do about planning law?

Bibi van der Zee

25th May, 2010

Planning - a dull subject that has a direct impact on some of the most important areas of our lives. One proposal to speed up planning has just been scrapped by the new Government. What will replace it, asks Bibi Van Der Zee more...
Offshore wind turbines

Wind industry disputes 'quick' UK planning process claim

Ecologist

22nd April 2010

European report ranks UK application process for wind farms as amongst quickest, ahead of Spain and Portugal more...
city made of child's wooden blocks

Can the green, 'hairy' city work with our existing, 'mineral' cities?

Susannah Hagan

19th April, 2010

Cities are at a crossroads - 'eco urbanists' want efficiency and artificial ecosystems; conventional designers want to maintain the best bits of our current urban spaces. Can they co-exist? more...
Nuclear power station

UK Government nuclear consultation ‘farcical’, say locals

Ecologist

29th January, 2010

Local residents say they have been ‘insulted’ rather than ‘consulted’ over Government plans for new nuclear power stations more...
Eco towns

Eco-Towns: without local involvement, forget it

Dr Gareth Potts

17th July, 2009

Too much political grandstanding has been done with Eco-Towns - the basic idea is sound, but poor planning and a lack of local involvement will doom them to failure, says Dr Gareth Potts more...
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Lucas: sustainability requires urgent planning reform

Ecologist

9th July, 2009

Green leader Caroline Lucas will today use a Campaign to Protect Rural England lecture to call for urgent action to resolve conflicting land use issues more...

Dan Box blog: Final preparations

Dan Box

9th April, 2009

In Dan Box's final write-up before he heads for the Carteret Islands, he contemplates his journey and how prepared he really is. more...
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City planning as if people mattered

Philip Parker

22nd June, 2008

Philip Parker flies the flag for a people-first approach to traffic management to regain control of the streets. more...
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Energy companies profit from wind farms without building many more windmills

News

4th January, 2008

Subsidies paid to electricity generators through users bills are generating profits for the companies without translating into many new turbines. more...
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Government's Planning White Paper 'could be illegal'

News

23rd October, 2007

Friends of the Earth has threatened the Government with legal action if it fails to re-examine the forthcoming Planning White Paper. more...

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Sweeping emissions under the carpet

Peter Lockley

9th August, 2007

International aviation is the UK’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions, and yet the government isn't even accounting for them. Peter Lockley explains why we urgently need to call a halt to airport expansion more...
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New campaign highlights planning madness

News

10th July, 2007

When do Friends of the Earth and the Campaign to Protect Rural England want to build an incinerator? When they’re part of a new protest coalition called ‘Planning Disaster’ which yesterday filed a planning application to build an incinerator on the site of St Paul’s Cathedral in central London. more...
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White papers may have silver lining

News

1st June, 2007

Last week's planning and energy white papers drew scorn from environmentalists for green-lighting out-of-town developments and nuclear power respectively. more...

George Monbiot: No more wind turbines on land

News

29th May, 2007

Leading environmental campaigner and author George Monbiot has said that he believes land-based wind farms in the UK 'have reached saturation point', and that any future farms should be built at sea. more...
Investigations

The Barker Review of Land Use Planning

Simon Fairlie

8th March, 2007

Last December's Barker Review replaces democracy with economic growth. Ex Ecologist editor Simon Fairlie claims our land is being sold to the highest bidder more...

'Build on the green-belt' says think-tank

News

23rd January, 2007

A new report by the Policy Exchange think-tank has advocated scrapping the green-belt and simplifying the planning system. more...

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