The Government should drop proposals for eco-towns in rural locations and concentrate instead on developing sustainable communities in urban areas, according to the chairman of Birmingham’s planning committee.
Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn said the council would be pushing ahead with its own plans to build five eco-towns within the Birmingham city boundary.
He said locations favoured by the Government for eco-towns including Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon, and Curborough, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, made “no sense” because they were isolated from transport links and nowhere near urban centres.
Birmingham Post – Eco-towns should be near urban sprawl, say planning chief
The sport’s growing popularity has led to dozens of important parks being turned into 18-hole courses, leading to what English Heritage claims is “irreversible damage to the historic environment”.
The warning comes as the organisation prepares to launch the first comprehensive register of the country’s neglected historic treasures this week.
First glimpses of how the multi-million million pound Walsall Waterfront development could look have been revealed after developers announced the final shortlist of designs.
We’re looking for a defining piece of architecture for Walsall and now have a shortlist of seven really powerful concepts to choose from.” The London-based contenders are Flacq and Featherstone Associates in a joint submission, Jacobs Architecture, Woods Bagot, Piercy Conner Architects and Type_O. In addition moh Architects (corr) from Vienna and Kirkland Fraser Moor Aldbury are in the frame.
SOURCE: Express & Star – Fight for Waterfront design hots up
Eco-towns should be built in urban areas and not in the countryside to stop them becoming “dormitory towns” where people have to drive somewhere else to work, town hall chiefs say.
Eco-towns should be built in urban areas, council chiefs claim
Eco-towns ‘should be built in urban areas’
A new report from the Local Government Association also warned that plans to create 10 eco-towns across the country were “significantly flawed” and risked creating “eco-slums” without proper urban planning.
SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Build eco-towns in urban areas, not the countryside, say council chiefs
A SENSORY garden for pupils with learning difficulties was being opened today by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor.
Cllr Steve Rotheram was visiting Redbridge School, Fazakerley, to view the garden, which is designed to stimulate the senses.
The garden was developed alongside the Liverpool’s Youth Offending Service in Liverpool, which brought a team of young people on reparation orders to work under the guidance of a landscape architect.
Cllr Rotheram said: “This is a wonderful school which always strives to give pupils the best learning experience possible.
SOURCE: Liverpool Echo.co.uk – Sensory garden for pupils
Green Sky Thinking debate – deadline for submissions
Do you have a vision of the sustainable city of the future? Or simply some innovative sustainable design solutions you would like to share with an inquisitive high-profile audience of 100 key decision-makers in regeneration, sustainability and urban design?
If so, join the Green Sky Thinking Debate on 16 July 2008. Part of the 2008 London Festival of Architecture, the Green Sky Thinking Debate will take place at Allen & Overy, 10th floor, One Bishops Square, London E1.
This is a great opportunity for young landscape architects, architects, urban planners, landscape designers, engineers and multi-disciplinary design teams to showcase their work whilst demonstrating their commitment to green design.
To submit a brief email a 100 word description of your idea together with 5 lo-res images (no larger than 5mb each)to
email@example.com by 19 June 2008.
SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Green Sky Thinking debate – deadline for submissions.