We’ve now submitted our full response to the Housing White Paper, following a major consultation with our branches since the Government launched the wider public consultation in February. The context has, of course, changed massively since then.
One of England’s leading landscape photographers, Martin Birks was shortlisted for Outdoor Photographer of the year in 2014 and 2015, and became a winner of the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2016. Here he writes about his motivation and offers some tips for aspirising snappers.
The Government’s Roads Investment Strategy is set to lay down 1,300 ‘lane miles’ of tarmac in the next few years - the equivalent of a new motorway that measures the combined length of the M25 and M11. But with the roads budget due to be tripled to £3billion a year by 2020, that will just be the start. Slicing through habitats, wrecking the fabric of communities and making it ever harder to find tranquillity, the impact of the new roads programme will scar the face of England.
Regulations requiring local authorities to develop and publish brownfield land registers will come into force on Easter Sunday (16 April), giving us the opportunity to develop an accurate picture of the amount and whereabouts of brownfield land. As is traditional at this time of year, they offer new hope – for an increasingly reliable picture of the country’s brownfield capacity and, in my case, less time spent trying to work out the data independently!