I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.
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From the late 1980s I carried out a lot of work around development plan issues – starting in my local area, and then using that experience to sell my services to groups around England and Wales. The essence of working on strategic planning is that if you can get the right policies in place today, you are able to more easily tackle problems that might arise with local development in the future.
Before my recent focus on working on the 'next' big issue in environmental and social issues, I worked extensively on development plans as a means to secure better planning policy at the local level – trying to enact measures which addressed emerging ecological issues without waiting for central government and the legislative process to catch-up.
What has gone wrong with strategic planning over recent years is that it has become increasingly centralized. Nationally dictated planning policies, and the more prescriptive nature of planning guidance (recent changes relating to 'fracking' being the optimum example), mean that it has become harder to create progressive policies at the local level.
Given that much of this work was funded by community groups, I continue to make these reports available so that others might continue this work.
Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan: A Response to the Deposit Draft
A review of the Welwyn-Hatfield draft local plan for local Friends of the Earth groups.
Welwyn Hatfield report
The Cherwell Local Plan: A Response to the Deposit Draft
The report, for The Edge group in Banbury, on the proposals contained in the draft local plan of Cherwell District Council in north Oxfordshire.
Stevenage Local Plan and the West of Stevenage Development
On behalf of the local Friends of the Earth groups I undertook work on the draft Stevenage Local Plan, the draft North Hertfordshire Local Plan, and on the proposals for the development of 10,000 houses west of the A1. This produced a number of reports related to the plan and the public lobbying around it.
Local plan report
Briefing for community
West of Stevenage report
West of Stevenage briefing
Response to the Deposit Draft of the Denbighshire UDP
A report, on behalf of Vale of Clwyd Friends of the Earth, objecting to the draft unitary development plan (UDP)of Denbighshire council in North Wales.
A Response to the Dacorum Local Plan
A report, for the Tring Environmental Forum, on the draft local plan of Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire.
A Critical Evaluation of the Essex Waste Local Plan
An evaluation of the proposals contained in the draft Essex Waste Local Plan "ghost-written" for another consultancy group working on the plan.
Essex WLP report
Response to the Deposit Draft of the Warwickshire Structure Plan
A review of the draft Warwickshire Structure Plan for local Friends of the Earth groups.
click to download Paul Mobbs/MEI resource
Response to the Deposit Draft of the Hertsmere Local Plan
A report of the policies of the draft Hertsmere Local Plan for Watford and District Friends of the Earth.
Response to Vale of Glamorgan Unitary Development Plan Deposit Draft
A report for the Friends of the Earth Cymru Local Groups Network on the draft Vale of Glamorgan Unitary Development Plan (UDP).
click to download Paul Mobbs/MEI resource
Project Proposal: Development Plans in Wales
A proposal to Friends of the Earth Cymru for a project to undertake work on all the development plans in Wales on behalf of Friends of the Earth local groups – taking advantage of the fact that all the plans were to be revised within a few years due to the creation of 22 new unitary authorities).
Development Plans in Wales report
Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan Public Inquiry
Lancashire... dustbin of the North West! I undertook a large amount of work on waste in Lancashire for the ARROW group in Skelmersdale from 1996 to 1999 – in order to defeat proposals for a large landfill site on the edge of Skelmersdale in Round O Quarry. Below are some of the more interesting proofs of evidence produced for the public inquiry into the waste and minerals plan.
Proof of evidence 1
Proof of evidence 2
Proof of evidence 3A
Proof of evidence 3B
Proof of evidence 4
Landfill need proof