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 […]

The advantages of a regional food supply chain, advocated in the light of the discovery of toxic phenylbutazone residues

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Devolution, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Government, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Regional economies, Statistics, Trade, Transport

. As a search of medical abstracts reveals advice that there should be zero tolerance of bute residues, the 2002 Look to the Local report by former MEP Caroline Lucas, LWM co-founder Colin Hines and beef farmer Michael Hart (opposite) comes to mind. It deplores farmers turning to export meat because supermarkets buy cheaper meat from countries with low wages, […]