LINKS re PLANNING: people, websites, news articles - collated by Henry Adams                              
 My web-site HUB page HERE
Also see my page of unsorted refs/links (all subjects mixed up but in approx chronological order):
This page only just started
In approximate chronological order (most recent first); not fully comprehensive - just the selection I've spotted.


Prof Alister Scott
'Re-Discovering Good Planning' - Alister Scott - 18jun13 - Birmingham Post
'Disintegrated development at the rural–urban fringe  Re-connecting spatial planning theory and practice' A.J. Scott e al. (2013).

Copied from my fracking web-site re water:
: The wider Spatial Planning context: this is of relevance because fracking usually progressively covers a large area and thus accumulates its impact (furthermore e.g. by requiring water from elsewhere there is the impact on that water source to be assessed): This type of accumulating impact (& wider impacts) is taken into account (or partly so ??) by the planning system but I've yet to investigate how, thus am collecting relevant REFS for reading when I get time: Ch.6 'Spatial Planning & Environmental Assessments' Prof. Vincent Goodstadt et al. (PP on e.g. p.123),  Goodstadt on TIA (ppt download) - Replace EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) / SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) with TIA (Territorial Assessment)?? (powerpoint) & on 'an ecosystems approach and spatial planning' 4pp pdf (DEFRA link) - these articles refer to e.g. EIA and SEA   [helpful tweets by Prof. Alister Scott pointed me to V.C.'s work]


Birmingham City University  RELU - Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
Managing Environmental Change at the Fringe: Reconnecting Science and Policy with the Rural-Urban Fringe RUFProject Director, Alister Scott, or visit our Twitter feed. "Managing contested values: The RUF is valued differently by different people and those values need to be unpacked using monetary and non-monetary approaches. There is a danger that, in decision making we only value what can be easily measured, as opposed to measuring what people really value."   - looks like this will apply to Strawberry field lapwing site Kendal.

RSPB: The RSPB  Advice: Protecting wildlife sites near you
Local planning pack for England
RSPB general advice pdf: 'Addressing Climate Change through planning'

The Sustainable Communities Act   Local Works
 - via Gwen tweet to Mitch


Infrastructure Bill - in Queen's Speech June 2014

A “portmanteau” piece of legislation  16jun14 - Woodland Matters

Comment in Guardian "Subject: Infrastruc​ture Bill: Act now, Sound An Alarm, spread the word... any public land could be taken from us and given to developers !!!
This was sent to me by the secretary of Hands Off Our Forest, a pressure group dedicated to keeping the Forest of Dean and other public woodlands in public ownership.
I'm forwarding this complete as it is so full of implications.
Almost every paragraph causes concern.
AND this next stage in parliament is too soon as they take ages to get through their emails.
It seems that this government has ignored the people's very big and very strong and very angry response
to the attempt previously to privatise the land that belongs to all of us.
Yes , they are attempting to do the give away of our countryside by the back door .
Apologies to anyone who receives this more than once, but this is important.
" At our meeting this week, we decided we must press for an exemption for the Public Forest Estate (that is, all those woodlands in England that are owned by all of us, and managed by the Forestry Commission) within the Infrastructure Bill...
You may recall that we kicked up quite a fuss in 2010/11 over plans for the forest sell-off, and the law which would have made it possible, the Public Bodies Bill. Our campaign, in association with others around the country and national efforts has transcended politics, class and many, many interests because our public woodlands mean so much to so many people (40 million visit them in England every year)
Once a statement has been agreed by us all on the HOOF Steering Group, I will be sending it out... our remit is our own Forest and its surrounding, or contiguous woodlands, so the statement will focus on our group's interest (see
However, I feel compelled to give everyone a heads up and try to raise the alarm because this Bill is a massive juggernaut and could hit us before we've had a chance to take evasive action. It affects ANY public land and all private land except that owned by the Queen and Royal family.
I hope you can pass this message on to all your contacts. I hope the media will take notice and journalists and columnists will investigate the issue, and it will be reported.
The Queen's Speech announcing the Infrastructure Bill was on June 2, it was introduced to the House of Lords three days later, and gets its second reading (and first debate) this coming Wednesday, June 18. Last time I looked, only a handful of peers are due to take part in the debate. I believe if more were aware of the contents of the Bill, and its massive enabling powers, many more Peers would be taking part - as they did in the Public Bodies Bill debates in late 2010/ early 2011.
The Bill is designed to fulfil a number of functions, so many in fact it's easy to only concentrate on that hot potato, fracking, and possibly also the HS2 railway line - personally I am opposed to both, but the Bill enables far more than that.
There is also the issue of the need to build more houses. However, is it right that all these developments should take place on the precious little public land there is? Isn't it our land, the people's, and shouldn't we have a say in what happens to it? As about three-quarters of the acreage of Britain belongs to 0.6% of the population (see Kevin Cahill's Who Owns Britain?), can't they spare any of their land to be built on?
What the Bill proposes is that the Secretary of State can hand over any amount of public land to the arms-length, non-departmental Government body, the Homes & Communities Agency. The HCA can then dispose of it to developers. There will be no need to go through local authority planning processes - the Sec of State can give the green light without any local politicians or planners' involvement, just by consulting a panel of two people.
As for public rights of way, the proposed law allows any of them to be extinguished. There is no need for permission for easements (ie roads, powerlines, railways. drilling, tunnels, etc). And any existing laws that protects land and prevents it being built on, appear to be overriden by one simple enabling clause (quoted from the Bill, see
"SCHEDULE 3 Transfer schemes...
2 (1) The property, rights and liabilities that may be transferred by a scheme

Sorry I could not put the whole report in, too many characters.
Please tell the Guardian to get in touch with the Forest of Dean Group that have all the information."

Comment in Guardian  "The The Infrastructure Bill, HL Bill 2, was introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Kramer (LibDem) on June 5 2014.  A second reading debate is scheduled for 18 June 2014.  I've posted the Parliamentary document links below.  Land Registry sell off & property transfers prior to current government leaving in 2015 are but two alarming indications."
Explanatory Notes to Bills  INFRASTRUCTURE BILL [HL]
Infrastructure Bill (HL Bill 2)
Infrastructure Bill (HL Bill 2)

Stormont is planning to remove democracy -

BBC Radio 4 - Archive on 4, Houses v Fields

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