In the city

If you go down into town today, you’re in for a big surprise… From 11:00 today in Victoria Square, right in the heart of Birmingham, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of a strange new object that will tour the city’s parks and open spaces over the coming months. Imagine a gigantic acorn. Picture…

Bristol’s BIG Green Week

Talking about the state of our environment shouldn’t be all doom and gloom. In just under a week’s time Bristol will play host to BIG Green Week, the world’s leading festival on sustainability, arts and culture that aims to tackle climate change in a fun and vibrant way. With over 120 events on campaigning, nature,…

NPPF Part 2 – Brownfield first approach to planning is being eroded

 New research published today by the National Trust and the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) suggests that the Government’s assurances of building on brownfield sites first is not backed up by reality on the ground. Writing in the Daily Telegraph today (Wednesday 27 March) the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles states: “We are making the most…

NPPF fails to deliver planning for people – Part 1

Research published today by the National Trust and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) suggests that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is failing to give local people a genuine say in shaping the future of their communities, falling short of the Government’s own localism ambitions.  Published by Government a year ago today, after a…