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Land Use Resources
Our land is under greater pressure than ever before. The Community Planning Alliance believes that a land use strategy to manage these pressures is imperative. We were delighted that Baroness Young of Scone mentioned the ‘pressure cooker’ effect, that is illustrated by our Grassroots Map, in a House of Lords debate in the autumn of 2021. We support her campaign for a land use strategy.
MAGIC Interactive Mapping - courtesy of Defra
The Defra MAGIC website provides authoritative geographic information about the natural environment from across Government. The information covers rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain.
Housing Market Maps - courtesy of BuiltPlace
These maps provide a summary of housing market indicators, including house price to earnings ratio, and the number of properties owned by overseas individuals and companies.
Land cover changes in European countries in 2000-2018 - courtesy of Copernicus
Copernicus is the European Union's Earth observation programme. Information from this programme is provided through six thematic services: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security. All information is free and openly accessible to all users.
National Food Strategy - courtesy of Henry Dimbleby
An independent review of the state of the UK food system, complete with recommendations of ways to prioritise land use whilst meeting the country's climate and biodiversity goals.
Government is expected to respond to the review's recommendations in 2022.
LBU Webinar: Housing supply, affordability, and access to land
Chaired by Dr Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University Planning School, this webinar was recorded on May 20th 2021.
The speakers included:
- Phil Collings - Head of Disposals, Northern Division, Homes England
- Adam Brannen - Head of Regeneration, Leeds City Council
- Rosie Pearson - Founder, Community Planning Alliance
- Daniel Starkey - Associate at Spawforths
CPA Webinar: All about solar 'farms'
Solar promoters are contacting farmers and offering them far more money than they could earn growing food. Yet the cumulative impact on the environment, biodiversity and food security is not understood. Nor are the risks of batteries being taken into account.
At this event, jointly hosted with the Solar Campaign Alliance on April 21st 2022, we heard from three expert speakers:
- Professor Michael Alder, who gave us an overview of the Solar Campaign Alliance, and discussed national food security and the biodiversity impact of solar farms.
Michael is a Professor (Emeritus) of Rural Environment at Essex University, FRAgS, DL, and former principal of (the now known as) Writtle University College for 20 years.
- Richard Haynes BSc, who talked about the impact of solar farms on landscape and heritage settings.
Richard obtained a degree in Estate Management from University of Reading before becoming a Chartered Surveyor. His career was spent in private practice but he worked almost exclusively for central and local government, regularly appearing as an expert witness in planning inquiries. He is currently a Trustee of CPRE Essex.
- Dr Edmund Fordham, who told us all we need to know about battery storage.
Edmund is a a physicist and engineer in the energy industries, CPhys, CEng, FInstP.
LBU Webinar: Land Ownership and land reform: a community planning issue
Filmed on September 15th 2022 and Chaired by Dr Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing Studies at Leeds Beckett University, today's speakers included:
- Clare Symonds - Planning Democracy
- Andy Wightman - Author of “Who Owns Scotland?”
- Laurie Macfarlane - Co-author of “Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing”
- Kate Ashbrook - General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society
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