Cities

U-turn on planning reform opens opportunity for progress on climate and nature

Rebecca Murray10 Sep 2021

With the government abandoning its attempt to write communities out of planning decisions, forthcoming legislation later this year may be the chance to finally align the planning system with the climate and nature emergencies. But, as Senior Planner Rebecca Murray explains, the most recent policy documents released by government do anything but that.

Privatising the planning system - just for the few? 

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Senior Planner14 Jan 2021

Why proposed planning reforms are socially unjust and bad for climate change. 

Why council action on climate is vital

Sandra Bell08 Dec 2020

Sandra Bell explains why local council action is vital to achieving a green recovery and net zero, and why the government must give them greater support as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.

Friends of the Earth's response to changes in the current planning system

Kate Gordon, Senior Planner12 Nov 2020

The government is proposing changes to the current planning system. Our response outlines our concerns that these will make it harder for local authorities to take account of sustainable development and climate change in planning decisions, remove local democratic oversight and reduce fairness and transparency.

Planning for the future - Friends of the Earth response to the White Paper

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Kate Gordon12 Nov 2020

The government recently consulted on its proposed radical reforms to the planning system. We outlined our concerns that these will diminish local accountability, erode local democracy by curtailing the right of communities to influence planning and development in their area and fail to tackle the urgent climate and ecological emergencies.

The Bee Cause: Are Britain’s bees and pollinators back from the brink?

Paul de Zylva, Nature campaigner04 Nov 2019

Paul de Zylva looks back at the Bee Cause campaign and assesses whether Welsh and English action plans to halt the decline of bees are working. 

The future of the built environment – travel, green space and people power

24 Sep 2019

Craig Bennett shares his ideas for making cities healthier and more sustainable places with Joanna Watson. 

The future of cities: our position

21 Feb 2018

With most of the world living in cities, we're going to need a lot more community resource-sharing and stronger local democracy: Friends of the Earth's position.

Housing: our position

21 Feb 2018

We need a lot more housing, but every home should be well-insulated, affordable, safe and environmentally friendly: Friends of the Earth's position.

Sharing cities: a case for truly smart and sustainable cities

02 Nov 2015External link

McLaren and Agyeman go beyond the faddish, commercial sharing economy to means of sharing that are communal, encouraging trust and collaboration.

Citizen Participation and Popular Education in the City

Dr Eurig Scandrett01 Sep 2013External link

How citizen participation in cities can contribute to wellbeing within environmental limits.

Reviving the city

28 Feb 1991External link

A book published by Friends of the Earth in 1991 about a pathway towards sustainable urban development.