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CASwiki news articles have a focus on news of community action for sustainability. This article is an offshoot from Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England and is for news and comment in that context.

  • Five numbers that lay bare the mammoth effort needed to insulate Britain's homes, Sep 14 [1]

2021[edit | edit source]

New £4 million fund launched to increase community led affordable housing, Aug 23 [2]

The six tests: the system that campaigners are using to assess the new planning bill, Jul 6 [3] The coalition of 22 organizations say passing these tests would mean that the plans laid out in the government's future planning bill make for the nature-friendly, low-carbon, well-designed, affordable homes and places of the future that nature and people deserve. The tests include measures across six key areas: Local democracy, Affordable homes, Climate emergency, Nature, Heritage and Health.

Time is running out for realistic climate commitments, Climate Change Committee, Jun 24 [4] ...UK Climate news 2021. Sustained reductions in emissions require sustained Government leadership, underpinned by a strong Net Zero Strategy:

  • A Net Zero Test would ensure that all Government policy, including planning decisions, is compatible with UK climate targets.
  • The big cross-cutting challenges of public engagement, fair funding and local delivery must be tackled.

Campaigns… and how (hopefully) to win them, CPRE Kent, Jun 21 [5] ...Kent news

Proposed anti-democratic planning reforms have met with universal condemnation, May 19 [6] ...Kent news

Johnson's planning laws an 'utter disaster', say countryside campaigners, May 11 [7]

Finally, a proper battle for the future of our countryside, Joss Garman, May 6 [8] ...Biodiversity UK news

Sounding the alarm on disappearing natural beauty. CPRE's latest research shows that England's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are under increasing threat from badly-planned housing. Apr 22 [9]

Shared assets: inclusiveness, agroecology and municipal ownership in land use, Kate Swade, Renewal, Mar 29 [10]

Involving people in planning will help us build a better city, Claire Harding, Mar 2 [11] ...London news

The government's relentless push for development is destroying rural England, Ros Coward, Feb 17 [12]

In Glasgow's Maryhill area, locals demand an eco-housing and sustainable energy development. Will the Council listen? Jan 23 [13]

"All homes and businesses will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption and bills, helping to protect the environment." Jan 19, 2021 [14]

Coalition of 18 organizations tells government to rethink planning changes, Jan 15 [15] "In recent decades, too many housing developments have been designed for car-dependency, with lots of road and parking space. This makes it really hard for children or anyone else to get around in ways that are healthy for themselves and the environment. Instead, we should locate and design new developments to make it safe and easy to walk or cycle to schools and workplaces, shops, public transport, parks and open spaces. We should plan for healthy living, for ourselves and for our children's future." Sarah Mitchell,Cycling UK

2020[edit | edit source]

Housing: Formula for locating new homes revised after Tory backlash, Dec 16 [16]

Councillors revolt over government plans to dismantle planning system, CPRE Kent, Dec 10 [17]

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Gravesham district launches website in response to Green Belt threat, CPRE Kent, Nov 30 [18]

Enough brownfield land for 1.3 million new homes, CPRE report reveals, Nov 4 [19]

"If we are to fulfil our Government's commitments on levelling up, carbon net-zero, housing, infrastructure, nature recovery and more, we need a process to prioritise the many pressures on our green and pleasant land." [20] Oct 28

Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury: Land is the Key to the Transformation of Society, George Monbiot, October [21]

Theresa May attacks 'ill-conceived' planning reforms,[22] Oct 8

New Government Proposals impose 1532 houses a year on Teignbridge, Devon, Summary of our concerns,[23] Sep 22

CPRE Kent supports county MPs in attack on 'inherently unreasonable' new housing targets,[24] Sep 13

The final straw? Tory heartlands in revolt over planning reforms,[25] Aug 23

Planning reforms are bad news for communities and environment,[26] Aug 6

The mini-budget shows one thing: this government is still on the side of the rich, Christine Berry,[27] Jul 8 ...Towards sustainable economies UK

What would a "new land contract" for the UK—written from scratch with fairness in mind—actually look like? Can we do some of it straightaway? [28] "If we really want to prevent climate collapse, renew our society and build a successful, prosperous market economy, we will need to fix this obsolete right of extraction that is coded into the foundations of our soc…"  Jun 25

Jun 2020 Britain still failing on climate crisis[edit | edit source]

Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers [29]

"The whole thing is run by the government like a Dad's Army operation." Lord Deben.

Surface transport emissions in 2019 were at around the same levels that they were in 2010. That reflects an increase in demand and a move towards larger vehicles offsetting improvements in efficiency. ...Sustainable transport UK Although buildings emissions have fallen 14% from 2008 to 2018, the sector is not well placed for the transition to zero emissions. New buildings, which will still be standing in 2050, continue to be built with fossil fuel heating. In fact, there are over a million more homes requiring zero-carbon retrofits now than when the Climate Change Act was passed. The uptake of low-carbon heating systems is almost negligible (less than 30,000 installations in 2019, whereas over a million a year will be needed by the early 2030s [30] ...Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England

Garden villages locking-in car dependency, says report,[31] Jun 16

CPRE Kent backs Sevenoaks District Council's decision to begin judicial review proceedings in its challenge to the Planning Inspectorate,[32] May 11

This Pandemic Bears Gifts – new possibilities for economic transition,[33] Apr 22 ...Towards sustainable economies UK

Government plans "to bring Britain's planning system into the 21st century" [34] Planning for the future, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, March 2020. Para. 16, p 9 & para 22, p 11, refer to targets on decarbonisation, but no indication that communities themselves will be able to democratically influence amounts of new housing for their areas, and in relation to local climate reduction targets or environmental carrying capacity of their areas. Mar 12

Gravesham, Kent residents form group to fight council's housing proposals, CPRE Kent,[35] Feb 10

Maidstone (Kent councillors of all political colours call on Government to ease housing targets,[36] Jan 28

New UK housing 'dominated by roads' [37] "... too many highways engineers are still approving roads that do not fully account for pedestrians and cyclists." Prof Matthew Carmona, University College London. Government poll suggests 76% of people think that for the sake of the environment, everyone should reduce their driving. Jan 21

Sevenoaks (Kent) sticks to its guns and refuses to withdraw draft Local Plan from examination, CPRE Kent [38] Council leader Peter Fleming: "It is clear to me the way this has been handled calls into question the integrity of the whole Plan-making system in this country… "To call into question an evidence-led approach comes to the root of our concerns with the actions of the inspector. If we are not to follow the evidence to make our Plan then the government may just as well dictate how many homes an area should have and then pick sites, we need to put an end to the thinly veiled charade that Local Plans are in any way locally led." Jan 20

2019[edit | edit source]

The housing crisis is at the heart of our national nervous breakdown, John Harris,[39] Oct 28

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Sir David Attenborough calls for new planning laws to protect nature,[40] Oct 7 ...Biodiversity UK

More than a quarter of UK mammals face extinction,[41] Oct 3

Why building 300,000 houses per year won't solve the housing crisis – and what will,[42] Aug 28

'Filled to bursting with trees, woods and nature reserves': greening the Green Belt by Friends of the Earth Innovation team,[43] Jun 12

Green Belt: the development pressure ramps up again,[44] Feb 4

2018[edit | edit source]

If we value rural Britain, we can't build houses all over it, Simon Jenkins, Aug 6 [45]

2017[edit | edit source]

Kent targeted to take huge housing hit, Sep 27 [46]

Households in southern England urged to save water after dry winter, May 5 [47]

2015[edit | edit source]

Set up to fail, November 16 [48]

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