Whether the Government will come to regret the use of the term 'eco town' remains to be seen, but it is interesting to see that a wide range of groups have picked up on the potential for the transport element of the initiative to be problematic. The Local Goverment Association hit the nail on the head when Sir Simon Milton said 'It's no use building carbon neutral, environmentally-friendly houses if they are in the middle of nowhere with no facilities so that people have to drive miles to buy a loaf of bread or take their kids to school'... more
'In any civilised society access to high-quality public space should be a fundamental human right. Everyone should be able to see a tree from their window. Everyone should have a doorstep they can sit on. Every home should be within five minutes' walk of a bus stop and a place for children to play. Everyone should live within 10 minutes' walk of a really good public space' says Richard Rogers and Cadence agrees ... more
Amongst other things the Budget was billed as a 'boost to housing' by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Secretary of State Hazel Blears said 'I welcome this budget - it will help us support peoples aspiration to own their own homes and ensure communities are built in a way that will protect the environment for future generations'.
The budget follows Natural England's announcement this week of their Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt) model which says: That no person should live more than 300m from their nearest area of natural greenspace of at least 2 ha in size.
Whether the new Housing and Communities Agency will take this on board when it aims to help councils build millions of new homes is an interesting question ... more
An announcement of a "Probe into housing 'unfairness'" by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission is a hopeful sign ... more
David Cameron's essay into immigration policy comes at a time when both main parties are aware of public anxiety on the subject, says Jeremy Cushing, part of the Cadence Network. He suggests that inequality and housing are more pressing, but associated problems that need addressing ... more
This week’s Foresight report on obesity got a bit overshadowed by Ming Campbell’s resignation. That was a shame as for the first time the debate moved on beyond burgers and turkey twizzlers …. more
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