The draft National Planning Policy  Framework #NPPF

 Jul 18 The government is due to publish the draft National Planning Policy  Framework (NPPF) imminently. Will it past our eight placemaking tests?”


1 Does it restore a genuine commitment towards sustainable development and the welfare of future generations?


2 Does it reflect the Garden City Principles by committing to using part of the profits from development for the long-term benefit of the community?


3 Does it rewrite the viability test to ensure that policy which enhances people’s lives and saves public money over the long term is equally as important as landowner and developer profit?


4 Does it prioritise good design and set out mandatory space standards for new homes?


5 Does it re-prioritise action on climate change, making clear that planning must deliver the carbon reduction target stated in the Climate Act?


6 Does it prioritise the promotion of people’s health and well being in planning decisions?


7 Does it focus on a meaningful definition of housing affordability based on people’s ability to pay, prioritising social rented homes?


8 Does it defend people’s rights to participate in the planning process?


More here,

Source: tcpa


Campaign group ‘Don’t Trash The Thames’ saves ancient riverside #UK #Mitigation

Objectors raise concerns to unnecessary degrading development by our ‘public garden’ which is used for the purposes of public recreation, our public open riverside space.

Wokingham Council planning committee turns down MRT bus lane bridge plan <3

PLANS to concrete over land by the River Thames were turned down by the planning committee on Monday evening. Five members voted against and four in favour.

The extraordinary meeting was held at Wokingham Borough Council’s Shute End offices on Monday evening and the decision was made just weeks after Reading Borough Council approved plans for its side of the scheme…

Source: The Wokingham Paper

Forecast; The conclusion of the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur – #wuf9

Kuala Lumpur, Agadir, New York, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Prague, Surabaya, Paris, Reading and Stockholm #forumbandarsedunia9

This is an emergency action opportunity to promote SDG18 DISASTER RISK RESILIENCE for global disaster security with reference to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Response (DRR).

Local government leaders must prioritise climate change action (CCA) to mitigate and prepare for urban disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Non-avoidable risk-impact assessment in urban planning and design Local implementation calls for the recognition and strengthening of local actors as agents for sustainable urban development and the promotion of decentralised government systems. National development plans and policies need to be drafted according to local realities. To secure ownership, local populations need to be included in planning and decision making processes. This requires the strengthening of urban capacities and administrations in order for them to fulfil their responsibilities and be responsive to local needs. Every council’s planning committees casting plans way ahead of the next World Habitat Conference 2036.

Change proposed

By adopting SDG18 DISASTER RISK RESILIENCE will provide insightful examples for cities not only on the planning and implementing of the risk-sensitive plans but also on engaging multi-sectoral dialogue in resilience building processes; Risk-Informed Subnational Development Planning at all levels to put in place strong governance foundations so that risk-informed development can be sustained in near future planning and budgeting processes, tools, plans and policies, which in turn contributes directly to the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the New Urban Agenda and SDGs.

Global Goal No. 18 as a new family member and Independent UN Partner for Decentralized Urban Cooperation to Assess and Enhance Strategic Effectiveness of UN in partnership with the UN-Habitat. The SDG18 would deliver risk-informed development through a comprehensive range of services, e.g. strengthen financial and institutional capacity within the Global Goals.

We can do this, do consider the seriousness and span of issues we raise in our representation for action on man-made hazards;

Outcome document-UN_Habitat_Urban Climatic Disaster Response – Adopt SDG18 –

Thank you for taking your time and interest in also local urban resilient development. “Bigger picture thinkers make better humans”