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The York Local Plan: Exiling the poor

posted by on 24th Jan 2020

The York Local Plan: Exiling the poor

Submission to the Public Inquiry on the 2018 York Local Plan

Geoff Beacon, July 2019

2.5 To ensure a continuous supply of housing opportunities throughout the plan period sustainable sites should be brought forward. By the end of the plan period sufficient sites will have been identified for viable and deliverable housing sites with good access to services and public transport to meet the housing needs of the current population and the future population linked to the city’s economic growth ambitions. This will require the provision of sufficient land for 867 790 dwellings per annum and will include substantial areas of land for ‘garden village’ development delivering exemplar new sustainable communities at Land West of Wigginton Road, Land East of Metcalfe Lane and Land West of Elvington Lane, along with major sustainable urban extensions such as British Sugar and York Central. In addition, the plan will optimise the delivery of affordable housing to meet identified need subject to not compromising viability of development sites; and address the needs of specific groups.

PM3 – Explanation of City of York Housing Needs
City of York Local Plan Proposed Modifications (June 2019)

The value of planning permission

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Silenced at the York Local Plan Inquiry

posted by on 17th Dec 2019

On Tuesday I attended a hearing of the York Local Plan Inquiry. I had a seat with my name on the table in front of it. I had been given a place at the first session to talk about climate change. I arrived in the morning ready to point to the effects the Local Plan would have on the climate emergency. I sat through the morning session waiting for the Inspectors’ topic on climate change.

1.8 Does the Plan include policies designed to secure that the development and use of land in the local planning authority’s area contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change?

I was informed in the lunch break that I would not be able to speak. Apparently, in my submissions, I had not addressed the relevant questions properly. Irritated and a bit emotional, I left the Inquiry. I can be seen on the video of the session mouthing “I’ve been banned”.

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A sustainable prize winner? Goldsmith Street

posted by on 25th Oct 2019

“There is a theme running through all this: sustainability.
What’s the best way to be gentle on the planet?”

David Sillito, BBC Newsnight, reporting on the
2019 Stirling Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The winning entry of the 2019 Stirling Prize is a council housing development in Norwich, Goldsmith Street. The site is a mile from the centre of Norwich.

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Computer models: Feedbacks missing or not?

posted by on 10th Oct 2019

Computer models: Feedbacks missing or not?

Methane emissions from the East Siberian Arctic Sea : Not a worry?

Missing feedbacks

For a decade and more, I’ve been worried that the climate computer had missing feedbacks that made them underestimate the seriousness of climate change [See comments by John Mitchell and Peter Wadhams here]. Three of the missing feedbacks were increased forest fires, melting permafrost emissions, increased decomposition of wetlands.

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posted by on 8th Oct 2019

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Economist Ashoka Mody & Greta Thunberg

posted by on 3rd Oct 2019

Last Saturday, in the middle of the night, I was listening to Business Matters on the BBC World Service. At 18.30 minutes into the programme, there is a piece on the Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN. She said:

We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.

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Climate change and town planning

posted by on 13th Sep 2019

The second of two blogs commenting on recent reports from the Committee on Climate Change.

This encourages the Committee to consider an extended version of town planning.

Climate change and town planning

Professor Sir Ian Boyd has just retired from his position as chief scientist at Defra. In Climate change: Big lifestyle changes ‘needed to cut emissions’, the BBC’s Roger Harrabin reported him as saying:

People must use less transport, eat less red meat and buy fewer clothes if the UK is to virtually halt greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Sir Ian warned that persuasive political leadership was needed to carry the public through the challenge. One aspect of such leadership would be to inform the public about the severity climate change and the big lifestyle changes ‘needed to cut emissions’. [Note: Public campaigns]

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Carbon footprints & wildfires

posted by on 23rd Aug 2019

The first of two blogs commenting on recent reports from the Committee on Climate Change.

This first questions the official version of climate science that the Committee follows.

The official science of climate change

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Smith’s photo

posted by on 17th Aug 2019
Reduced version of Smith’s photo

This morning, Smith was sitting next to me in the coffee bar.

I was feeling a bit miserable about the state of the world.

Smith’s lovely photo made it a little better.

Smith. Thank you for letting me share it on my blog.

Find the full version on dropbox.

Submission to the Public Inquiry on the 2018 York Local Plan

posted by on 23rd Jul 2019

Submission to the Public Inquiry on the 2018 York Local Plan

I believe this submission on the York Local Plan addresses issues of worldwide importance. Worrying climate feedbacks are mentioned in the accompanying document The York Local Plan: Climate Change. These climate feedbacks are eating into the remaining carbon budgets. Keeping to these budgets is one of the few ways to stop climate change becoming completely out of control. These are described in a video on “cascading tipping points” in the video by Paul Beckwith [1].

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