Localising new-build housing

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Housing, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Procurement

Architect and writer Clive Aslet (left) writes about a development of 4,000 houses on 500 acres – houses, small apartment blocks, schools, surgeries, mixed income housing, shops, business premises and leisure facilities and green spaces – on the edge of Newquay. There is an emphasis on local labour, materials and procurement. “How society chooses to house people is every bit as […]

Research findings: allotments have good food yields without sacrificing soil quality

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Transition, Transport

There are around 330,000 allotment plots in the UK, covering more than 8000 hectares and demand is growing, with more than 90,000 people currently on allotment waiting lists in the UK.  Findings of a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology Soils under Britain’s allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils. By growing on a small-scale in urban […]

A proposal for the Lozells & East Handsworth Community Development Trust Steering Group

Posted Posted in City council, Environment, Food, Local economies, Social Enterprise

Simon Baddeley, of the Handsworth Allotments Information Group (HAIG), writes: Our Community Development Trust will include, or be neighbours with, a significant amount of green space in the form of gardens, parks, playing fields and, of course, allotments, with Uplands, just outside the ward being the largest allotment site in northern Europe and arguably one of the most successful when […]