Land planning

Climate Just | Information tool for equitable responses to climate change at the local level

“Climate Just is an information tool designed to help with the delivery of equitable responses to climate change at the local level. Its main focus is to assist the development of socially just responses to the impacts of extreme events, such as flooding and heatwaves, as well as supporting wider climate change adaptation. It also includes issues related to fuel poverty and carbon emissions.”

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The Basque Declaration

On 23rd May representatives of cities, organisations, and citizens concerned about sustainable development and the future of our urban areas have been invited to endorse The Basque Declaration. This builds on the Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004) in providing urban societies with fifteen pathways to become productive, sustainable and resilient. It was adopted by local and regional leaders taking part in the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in Bilbao in April 2016.

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The Basque Declaration

On 23rd May representatives of cities, organisations, and citizens concerned about sustainable development and the future of our urban areas have been invited to endorse The Basque Declaration. This builds on the Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004) in providing urban societies with fifteen pathways to become productive, sustainable and resilient.  It was...

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Democracy and a Better Planning System

“There remains a democratic deficit within planning.” –Five Radical Ideas for a Better Planning System A group at University College London’s Bartlett School of Planning, led by Professor Yvonne Rydin, has proposed five radical ideas for better planning, with two ideas that explicitly address democracy. The five ideas include orienting planning around well being and...

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Wind farms, the national interest and local democracy

Halina argues that a core challenge is to balance national strategic priority-setting with local community engagement. Using the example of on-shore windfarms, she sets out the questions that need answering: what processes of deliberation?, how far can local choice go?, or when and how can central planning provide leadership?

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Intergenerational fairness, housing and planning policy

Following the suggestions of Intergenerational Foundation’s report Hoarding of Housing: the intergenerational crisis in the housing market, Halina argues that the UK Government has no consistent approach to future generations, and that ‘future generation’ arguments are often used to justify taking things away in the present.

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