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The 50 Shades of Planning Podcast

Green Belt, Sacred Cow

  • E16
  • 55:54
  • April 22nd 2020

'I began to see what a sacred cow the Green Belt has become' said Minister for Housing & Local Government Richard Crossman in 1964.

The Green Belt is a political behemoth that has long loomed over the planning system. In this episode Sam Stafford asks Paul Miner, Strategic Planning & Devolution at CPRE, and Kathryn Ventham, Planning Partner at Barton Willmore, whether housing need is becoming a sufficiently irresistible force to shift hitherto immovable Green Belt boundaries?

Twitter handles: @samuel_stafford. @PaulMiner3 and @kateventham.

Some accompanying reading and viewing:

John Grindrod’s ‘Outskirts’

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/14/outskirts-by-john-grindrod-review

Ipsos Mori polling for the CPRE on public attitudes towards the Green Belt

https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/attitudes-towards-green-belt-land

Ipsos Mori polling for Housing The Powerhouse on attitudes towards housing development in Greater Manchester

http://www.housingthepowerhouse.com/downloads/Housing%20the%20Powerhouse%20-%20Ipsos%20MORI%20Opinion%20Poll%20Press%20Release.pdf

'The Green Noose: An analysis of Green Belts and proposals for reform' by the Adam Smith Institute

https://www.adamsmith.org/news/press-release-free-up-3-7-percent-of-londons-green-belt-to-build-one-million-new-homes-says-new-report

‘Planned up and be counted ‘ local plan making under NPPF 2012’ by Lichfields

https://lichfields.uk/content/insights/planned-up-and-be-counted

‘This Blessed Plot – This Other Eden’ - A film for the Council for the Preservation of Rural England

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/rural-england-aka-this-blessed-plot-this-other

‘The myth of the countryside idyll’ by Steve Middlehurst

https://stevemiddlehurstidentityandplace.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/a5-research-the-myth-of-the-countryside-idyll/

Keith Joseph’s 1964 South East Study

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/19/newsid_2570000/2570681.stm

A Policy Briefing Paper by the Landscape Institute

https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/policy/green-belt-policy/

The London Society’s Position Paper

https://www.londonsociety.org.uk/post/londons-green-belt

‘The Proud City’ – A film outlining plans for the post war reconstruction of London, featuring Patrick Abercrombie and JH Forshaw.

https://archive.org/details/ProudCity

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Sam Stafford started writing the 50 Shades of Planning blog in 2012 and in 2019 turned it into a podcast. 50 Shades of Planning is about the foibles of the English planning system and it's aim is to cover the breadth of the sector both in terms of topics of conversation and in terms of guests with different experiences and perspectives.

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