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15/05/2018 12:17 AM
Civic Voice submits draft NPPF consultation response and asks if government is genuinely listening?
 Civic Voice submits draft NPPF consultation response and query whether government is taking the consultation seriously Civic Voice queries whether consultation was tokenistic or a serious approach to solve the nation’s housing crisis Civic Voice – the authoritative voice of the civic movement – has submitted its final response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework consultation. The response is available here. Ian Harvey, Executive Director said: “If the report in Planning Magazine over the weekend is true and the Government's Chief Planner did confirm that the Government has received over 27,000 responses to the…

11/05/2018 01:04 AM
Civic Voice has responded to the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework
The draft National Planning Policy Framework was published by the Prime Minister on 6th March with the consultation closing on 10th May. To put forward your views we: Contacted Ministers and MPs sharing our thoughts, Issuing briefings to Civic Voice members to ensure we all have a better understanding of the key issues, Organised a series of events to help shape our response to Government, Arranged for Civic Voice trustees to speak at member events to hear members' views and, Organising a series of national and APPG for Civic Societies events during the…

07/05/2018 11:54 PM
PRESS RELEASE: Parliamentary meeting discusses future of the nation’s conservation areas
Call comes as Civic Voice publishes new resources to support communities to make the case for conservation areas Civic Voice – the national authoritative voice for the civic movement – has today called for communities to join the Big Conservation Conversation campaign by getting involved in the Big Conservation Conversation Count to to help Civic Voice build up a richer picture of the state of the nation’s conservation areas. The call comes today at a Parliamentary meeting where MPs, community groups, and policy makers debate the 512 conservation areas at risk. …

04/05/2018 01:12 AM
Press Release: Parliamentary meeting to ask, “What is the future for our conservation areas?”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4 May 2018 Call comes ahead of meeting to launch a new report and website highlighting conservation areas at risk Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement – has today called for communities to join the Big Conservation Conversation campaign by sharing examples of conservation areas at risk. The call comes ahead of a Parliamentary meeting to discuss the future of conservation areas. The meeting will take place in The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House on 8th May. Registration is required to attend.…

23/04/2018 03:05 AM
Civic Voice call for stronger protection on non-designated heritage assets in Planning Policy
Call comes as Civic Voice celebrates its 8th birthday publishing the first national register listing all local authorities with a “Local Heritage List”. New research by Civic Voice, funded by Historic England’s Heritage Protection Commissions programme, shows that at least 168 local authorities across the country now have a Local Heritage List in place, giving greater protection to non-designated heritage assets. These authorities are active in listening to communities about what buildings, structures, sites and landscapes make the local area special. The first national register of Local Heritage Lists is being published by Civic Voice today to…

12/04/2018 06:17 PM
Civic Voice President, Griff Rhys Jones supports new report and says we must build brownfield first
Civic Voice president Griff Rhys Jones has today added his voice to the community groups fighting “garden communities” being imposed on them by the Government. He has penned a powerful Foreword to a Smart Growth UK report mostly written by community groups around the country who are opposing garden towns and villages. Griff warns that, far from being utopias, these are disordered schemes that ignore local communities and would be located in unsustainable locations. “We encounter proposals that are not going to answer local needs for housing at all, but will waste precious countryside by building low density sprawling estates and creating…

03/04/2018 06:37 PM
Press Release: New national alliance calls for “Government to get serious on design’’
Call comes as the alliance prepares to hold a debate in London featuring Griff Rhys Jones and Max Farrell A new alliance of national organisations aimed at raising awareness of the quality of design in the built environment will come together on April 11th at a joint event in London. The Academy of Urbanism, Civic Voice, Design Network, IHBC, Place Alliance and Urban Design Group will host a meeting to call on the Government “to get serious on design” in the draft National Planning Policy Framework. Civic Voice President, Griff Rhys Jones said: “As an alliance, we…

14/03/2018 03:54 AM
APPG FOR CIVIC SOCIETIES DEBATE SAYS ONE SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH WILL NOT DELIVER HOMES NATION NEEDS
No prospect of delivering 300,000 homes per year unless local councils given greater powers and resourced appropriately Speaking during a meeting of the APPG for Civic Societies, Civic Voice President, Griff Rhys Jones said “Whilst the Government wants to see `The right homes in the right places` the draft National Planning Policy Framework is so lacking in teeth to ensure that the policies will be delivered, and combined with under-resourced local councils, that we are very likely to end up with the wrong homes in the wrong places.” Craig Mackinlay MP, Chair of the APPG for Civic…

09/03/2018 01:24 AM
Civic Voice publish the results of a member survey asking “What should be in the new NPPF”
CIVIC VOICE MEMBERS WANT TO SEE GREEN SPACE, GREEN BELT AND CONSERVATION AREAS GIVEN GREATER PROTECTION IN NPPF REVIEW Ahead of an All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies meeting on Tuesday 31th March, Civic Voice – the authoritative voice for the civic movement - has today published results of a member survey asking poll “What should be the priorities in reforming the planning system? The poll can be accessed at (http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/resources/polls/) and will continue to run until the start of the APPG for Civic Societies meeting on March 13th. Registration to attend is at

06/03/2018 03:54 AM
APPG for Civic Societies Chair, Craig Mackinlay MP, to welcome Griff Rhys Jones to Parliament
Civic Voice President, Griff Rhys Jones, to speak at APPG for Civic Societies meeting on 13 March 2018 Campaigner and President of Civic Voice, Griff Rhys Jones, is to speak at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies on Tuesday 13 March. The meeting will be hosted in Parliament by Craig Mackinlay MP, who is Chair of the APPG for Civic Societies. The APPG will be considering whether the NPPF Review will lead to the homes the nation needs and will call on individuals to use their voice and…