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Planning and Development

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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Reports/Research

Themes

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'Fracking'

Hacktivism

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'Outdoors'

Peace

Permaneering

Planning

Pollution/Waste

Simplicity/Less

Quakerism

Video and Audio

The 'Planning and Development' theme covers information related to development control and strategic planning issues.

The planning system is often looked upon as a hindrance, and is hated by those who advocate the unfettered exercise of property rights. In fact, in a highly developed society, the planning system is a guarantee of accountability and fairness – and often the need to say "no" to development is because it is poorly conceived, and fails to recognize the value of the environment to the community of that area.

Working on developments with communities around Britain has been very rewarding. You get invited to the area, you work with the community in order to define what their objections are, and the process they are able to define what it is they really value about their community.

These days I do far less of this work – primarily because my push to tackle the 'next' big issue means that I try and avoid being distracted by the well-rehearsed problems of the past.

I make these reports available so that others might carry on that work.


The 'Planning and Development' Theme

inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Conservatives Planning 'Frackageddon' After Election'

05/06/2017

Very few electors read manifestos, let alone debate the detail of them. That's a pity, as it might change the nature of the tired debates we see at every election. For this week's general election, the Conservative Party's manifesto outlines a sharp break in British planning and environmental policy of a scale not seen since the 1980s. Ostensibly their aim is to make 'fracking' require more exacting regulation. That sounds really great in theory. In practice it depends what your legal definition of 'fracking' is.

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inc image Ecolonomics no.17: The 'Fracking' Election – Why the 2017 UK General Election is a ground-breaking test of British environmental policy

02/06/2017

I have been researching the issue of unconventional gas and oil in the UK since 2009 – shortly after the Government's 13th On-shore Licensing Round awarded many of the petroleum exploration and production licences (PEDLs) which are being drilled around Britain right now. Over that time the Government has steadily 'lost control' of the issue by a combination of public resistance, industry failure in the US and elsewhere, and changing economics. Today though, the response to the inherent problems of the Government's oil and gas policy represents not only an unprecedented twist in this long saga, but also an unprecedented break in UK environmental and town planning policy. What the Conservatives propose in their election manifesto is to make the development of on-shore oil and gas, below the criteria of what constitutes a 'major' operation in The Infrastructure Act 2015, "permitted development". It's important to unpack this seemingly subtle change to understand its true impact – and why it is so significant.

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2.3 megabytes

file icon HTML version
1 megabytes

file icon UK PEDLs/contituencies map
1.4 megabytes

file icon North West PEDLs/contituencies map
1 megabytes

file icon North East PEDLs/contituencies map
1 megabytes

file icon South East PEDLs/contituencies map
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file icon South West PEDLs/contituencies map
806.8 kilobytes



inc image Calor Gas Appeal, Canvey Island

September 2007

I represented the local community group in Canvey Island, People Against Methane (PAM), against the proposals by Calor Gas to build a new liquefied gas import terminal right next to the town. In the end Calor withdrew from the appeal before it began, and so the proof was never used

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1.7 megabytes



inc image Investigation of the power of local planning authorities in Wales to vary the boundaries of Strategic Search Areas for wind power development

March 2007

An opinion for local community councillors/campaigners as to whether Carmarthenshire Council could extend the boundaries of an SSA beyond that identified in planning guidance.

file icon SSAs review report
108.5 kilobytes



inc image Awel Aman Tawe Wind Farm Public Inquiry

Summer 2006

In 2005/6 I represented a local community group in South Wales who were opposing a wind farm. I took part because, as wind farms go, it was a stupid proposal; but more importantly it would have invalidated the new wind farms planning policy (TAN 8) in Wales. Here's my main proof of evidence and the closing statement.

file icon Proof of evidence
1.7 megabytes

file icon Closing statement
245.9 kilobytes



inc image Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan: A Response to the Deposit Draft

March 2001

A review of the Welwyn-Hatfield draft local plan for local Friends of the Earth groups.

file icon Welwyn Hatfield report
260.1 kilobytes



inc image The Cherwell Local Plan: A Response to the Deposit Draft

March 2001

The report, for The Edge group in Banbury, on the proposals contained in the draft local plan of Cherwell District Council in north Oxfordshire.

file icon Cherwell report
381.1 kilobytes



inc image New Labour and the Planning Agenda

Spring 2000

An article, written for and published by Corporate Watch, on the way that New Labour has sought to restructure the planning system to favour corporate interests and keep out the public.

file icon New Labour and the Planning Agenda
83.5 kilobytes



inc image Stevenage Local Plan and the West of Stevenage Development

Winter 2000

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.

file icon Local plan report
284.8 kilobytes

file icon Briefing for community
39.9 kilobytes

file icon West of Stevenage report
33 kilobytes

file icon West of Stevenage briefing
104.6 kilobytes



inc image Abernant Farm Landfill Application

October 1999

A response, on behalf of Dinefwr Friends of the Earth, to a planning application for a landfill site, near Abernant in Carmarthenshire, that sought to regularise the unlawful activities on the site.

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135.5 kilobytes



inc image Response to the Deposit Draft of the Denbighshire UDP

July 1999

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.

file icon Denbighshire report
562.1 kilobytes



inc image A Response to the Dacorum Local Plan

January 1999

A report, for the Tring Environmental Forum, on the draft local plan of Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire.

file icon Dacorum report
219.9 kilobytes



inc image A Critical Evaluation of the Essex Waste Local Plan

November 1998

An evaluation of the proposals contained in the draft Essex Waste Local Plan "ghost-written" for another consultancy group working on the plan.

file icon Essex WLP report
197.7 kilobytes



inc image Response to the Deposit Draft of the Warwickshire Structure Plan

October 1998

A review of the draft Warwickshire Structure Plan for local Friends of the Earth groups.

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150 kilobytes



inc image Appraisal of Biffa's Application to Change Waste Types at Stewponey Landfill Site, Stourton

September 1998

On behalf of the local community group FLAGS, I undertook a series of reports on the proposals by Biffa to switch from inert to toxic wastes at their landfill site near Stourton west of Birmingham – which sits on one of the most important groundwater resources in the area.

file icon Stewponey Landfill report
196.9 kilobytes



inc image Response to the Deposit Draft of the Hertsmere Local Plan

September 1998

A report of the policies of the draft Hertsmere Local Plan for Watford and District Friends of the Earth.

file icon Hertsmere report
202.6 kilobytes



inc image Round O Quarry Landfill Public Inquiry

July 1998

On behalf of ARROW in Skelmersdale, I undertook a large amount of work in relation to a public inquiry into the proposals to allow landfilling in Round O Quarry. Below are the two main proofs produced for the inquiry, and a briefing produced for members of the public who wished to take part in the inquiry process.

file icon Proof of evidence
259.7 kilobytes

file icon Supplementary proof
227 kilobytes

file icon Round 'O' briefing sheet
79.4 kilobytes



inc image Response to Vale of Glamorgan Unitary Development Plan Deposit Draft

May 1998

A report for the Friends of the Earth Cymru Local Groups Network on the draft Vale of Glamorgan Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

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156.7 kilobytes



inc image Final Draft PPG10: Response to Consultation

March 1998

A report, for the Free Range Network, on the Department of the Environment and the Regions consultation on new waste planning guidance [which DEFRA had previously tried to squeeze through a very limited consultation before the Free Range Network found out about it and made it very public! – hence the work 'final draft' in the title].

file icon Final Draft PPG10 report
188.2 kilobytes



inc image Project Proposal: Development Plans in Wales

February 1998

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).

file icon Development Plans in Wales report
319.6 kilobytes



inc image Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan Public Inquiry

1998

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.

file icon Proof of evidence 1
145.8 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 2
45.3 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 3A
113.1 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 3B
259 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 4
101.7 kilobytes

file icon Landfill need proof
18.4 kilobytes



inc image Cilyrychen Quarry: IDO Stage II Registration – Analysis of Tarmac's Application and Technical Statements

June 1997

A report produced for Dinefwr Green Group/Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for the Protection of the Gwenlais Valley providing an analysis of Tarmac's "interim development order" (IDO) review application for Cilyrychewn Quarry in West Wales.

file icon Cilyrychen Quarry IDO report
243.5 kilobytes



inc image Fenny Compton Landfill – Analysis of application and submitted documentation

March 1996

A report on the application to Warwickshire County Council for Britain's first dedicated incinerator ash 'monofill' (they only intended to put incinerator ash in it, which is a very large toxic legacy!). The site was only 10 miles from where I lived, and after this and other reports the company withdrew the application before it was determined by the council. It was critical to stop this site because without easy ash disposal it's far harder/more expensive to set-up incinerators in the UK. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Fenny Compton Landfill report
195.4 kilobytes



inc image Response to the application for a permanent shooting school near Curridge

January 1996

A report on a proposed shooting school near the village of Curridge (one of a crop of such shooting schools I dealt with around that time) and the noise and highways impacts it would generate. The difficulty was getting the local council to accept that noise was a valid planning matter since usually it's an issue of 'nuisance' – dealt with by the environmental health department, not planners. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Curridge shooting school report
135.6 kilobytes



inc image Response to Safeguard International's Environmental Statement on the Culham Radioactive Waste Transfer Station

November 1995

A report on the proposals to turn an old garage into a transfer station for hazardous radioactive wastes. It was rather a farce of a planning application, having been first unlawfully approved and then withdrawn by the local council, before being taken over and badly handled by the County Council.

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211.7 kilobytes



inc image A review of the application to restore the dwelling house at Pantygarn, Carmel, Dyfed

June 1994

A report on problems with a developer trying to build a house in the middle of an important SSSI (now a National Nature Reserve/SAC). At the time the nature conservation bodies in Wales were under a lot of political pressure to allow any form of economic development, and so in response to the clearing of hedgerows in the SSSI they justified the illegal damaging activity as (in words I will never forget), "linear coppicing". Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Pantygarn development report
143.3 kilobytes



inc image Frontier Plastics' Gamma Irradiator, Pontllanfraith

1993

An early and rather strange job in my early professional career – a plastics factory in Gwent wanted to put the largest lump of cobalt-60 in the UK (outside of Sellafield's waste materials stores) in a valley in Wales where there was serious mining subsidence. In the end I recommended it was approved with the condition that the mineworkings were first pressure grouted to prevent collapse – so it didn't go ahead as the company couldn't afford the multi-million pound cost of the works. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Main report
118 kilobytes

file icon Supplementary report
83.1 kilobytes

file icon Planning committee briefing
136.7 kilobytes



inc image Comments upon the Coca-Cola Schweppes Beverages Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment

June 1990

A report from the days when I worked for free – an assessment for Banbury Friends of the Earth of the proposed Coca-Cola factory that was proposed for a new industrial estate on the edge of the town. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Coca-Cola Schweppes report
146 kilobytes