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  • 05 August 2011

    5 August 2011: The Government has come under severe criticism for its changes to the planning system but has accused its critics of misleading the public. But there are very good reasons why we think the changes will lead to more sprawl and damage the environment.

  • 25 July 2011

    25 July 2011: The Government's new National Planning Policy Framework, which was published today, talks about sustainability but will just prevent communities from stopping damaging development.

  • 06 July 2011

    6 July 2011: Last year the House of Commons Environment Audit Committee called on the Government to improve air quality and make a ‘dramatic change’ in transport policy. What’s happened since?

  • 01 July 2011

    1 July 2011: The Times reports today on a leak of the forthcoming National Planning Policy Framework. It seems that councils will be able to do little to stop damaging development in the Government's dash for economic growth at any cost.

  • 22 June 2011

    22 June 2011: London is already the most congested city in the UK and the third most congested city in Europe. Just last year Transport for London (TfL) forecast that traffic congestion in the capital would grow by a further 14% over the next two decades. Now it’s claiming that it won’t grow by...

  • 15 June 2011

    15 June 2011: The Government has published today what it means by a "presumption in favour of sustainable development" in the planning system. But there's a fear that this could be used to allow pretty much any develoment in a short-term dash for jobs.

  • 09 June 2011

    9 June 2011: Within the next month, the first decisions on which transport authorities will get money from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund will be announced.This fund, which we and others lobbied for, is ring-fenced money to pay for sustainable transport projects of all kinds (...

  • 06 June 2011

    6 June 2011: The Government's consultation on the proposals for HS2, the high speed line from Birmingham to London, ends in July. In the meantime, there's been another consultation on HS2 - this time from the Transport Select Committee in the House of Commons.

  • 20 May 2011

    20 May 2011: Speed limits? Parking controls and enforcement? Limits on truck drivers’ hours? Controls on who can run bus services and where? It appears that the Government’s determination to deregulate knows no bounds. Today its Red Tape Challenge moved on to road transport – and put up for...

  • 12 May 2011

    12 May 2011: We're one year on from the new government promising us "fair pricing for rail". We told Philip Hammond today that we're getting tired of waiting.