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CBT's Richard Bourn's blog: Why government needs to promote 'smart growth' not 'any old growth' @CPRE @civic_voice

20 February 2013: The government has missed the opportunity to make growth smarter . Despite making various changes to simplify and speed up the planning process – notably in replacing more than a thousand pages of planning policy with the fifty page National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – but it somehow missed this most important element. More than a century of rising car ownership and sprawling, low density suburban development have contributed to related problems including over-dependence on road transport and congestion, a waste of land and loss of countryside and the decline of many towns and cities and their traditional centres. Ironically, many suburbs have also suffered as local services and amenities disappear, once leafy streets are dominated by traffic and many residents, particularly the elderly, once linked to the wider community by public transport, find ...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blogs/traffic/smart-growth

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