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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
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 ( 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…

28/02/2018 10:17 PM
Press Release: Civic Voice says relaxing planning rules will not solve housing crisis
Ahead of the publication of a consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework by the Government, Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice said: “We look forward to seeing the much-awaited release of the consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework. Outside of local councils, the civic movement is the largest participant in the planning system, so we have years of experience and knowledge of how the NPPF is impacting communities across the country." The formal announcement of the National Planning Policy Framework has yet to be published but is expected week commencing March 5th. Harvey…

13/02/2018 11:50 PM
PRESS RELEASE: New Civic Voice Design Awards website launched
New website full of case studies celebrating the people’s choice for architecture Civic Voice today launched a new website devoted to celebrating the best in new architecture, public realm and historic buildings, as nominated by local communities. The website is available at The Civic Voice Design Awards website will provide community groups and policy makers with more in-depth details of a wide variety of schemes across the country that are leading the way in involving communities. Packed with case studies recognising projects both large and small, previous winners of the awards featured on the…

08/02/2018 06:55 PM
News from the YHACS AGM
Nearly 60 members and guests assembled at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate at the end of January for the Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS). Some, who travelled to Harrogate on the evening before the meeting met in the hotel bar for drinks before moving to the restaurant for the traditional pre-AGM dinner; a lively and enjoyable occasion as always. On the morning of the AGM, Stewart Holland, a member of Harrogate Civic Society, gave an informative talk contrasting how the town had changed over the life and times of…

26/01/2018 08:03 AM
Patron of Blackpool Civic Trust: Jimmy Armfield RIP
The death has been announced this week of Jimmy Armfield. Jimmy will be remembered as England Captain, a great footballer and wonderful individual. He was also one of the two Patrons of Blackpool Civic Trust. Jimmy cared about the community in Blackpool and the distinctive history of the town. He regularly supported Blackpool Civic Trust, giving out awards at our Annual Awards and Dinner. He would often speak to the award winners to find out more about the work they had done. He was always good humoured and interested in what was happening in the town. His…

08/01/2018 05:14 AM
Bradford’s 10 buildings with the biggest potential to act as a catalyst for regeneration
BRADFORD’S Civic Society has drawn up a list of buildings they feel urgently need to be regenerated before they are lost forever. The Telegraph & Argus asked the group, which champions Bradford’s heritage, to identify 10 buildings they hoped to see brought back to life in 2018. Their list includes a former library, a brutalist skyscraper and a street of derelict Victorian buildings, and the group hopes they can “inspire” developers and building owners. Bradford Council has said that although it has little power to decide the future of buildings it does not own, it is offering to…