An interesting idea to create 'wild belts':
This ongoing row is really interesting. There does seem to be a move towards trying tojustify more house building in smaller places, which has probably come about because of lobbying by developers. Many Tory MPs are against that, for not necessarily bad NIMBYish reasons. I have no idea whether the 'population projections' cited in the article are credible, but they seem to be being accused of being made-up number.
I don't know much about rural planning but will try to read a little more about it.
Here are proposals to create a green area smack bang in the centre of Nottingham, within sight of the castle.
I like greenery as much as the next person, but I don't think this is a good idea. Obviously, the last thing you wanted there was the shopping centre, but there should be some return to a proper city centre street pattern. Not to bring back the past, but to create a better city centre. The building of the shopping centre obliterated what had grown historically, and something reminiscent of this, if not the same in every detail, should be built. City centres thrive on small footprints of buildings, which a large complex like a shopping centre destroyed, along with existing connections.
It doesn't look like a good idea, I doubt it's large enough/connected enough to provide much ecological benefit. And being in a city centre means it would be very heavily trafficked even on foot which again isn't much use as an ecological resource.
Does pose the interesting question of what we want town centres to be in the age of Amazon and deliveries...
The continuing saga of the total shambles that is national planning policy at the moment:
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