Not costing the earth: funding climate resilience

Not costing the earth: funding climate resilience

This coming weekend I will be once again ensconced with fifty or so other citizens of my beloved Oxford as part of the city council's "Citizens' Assembly" on the climate emergency. Three weekends ago we heard from a range of experts and practitioners in five policy or technology domains that contribute to either increasing or…

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Oxford: for the few, not the many!

Oxford: for the few, not the many!

Oxford City Council has a planning policy that its two universities must ensure that fewer than a certain number (3,000 I think in both cases) of their students should be living in "family housing" in the city. The upshot of this for someone like Oxford Brookes in particular, with a lot less land and university…

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Preserving Oxford…from itself

Preserving Oxford…from itself

I love Oxford. I have lived in bigger cities and I have lived in smaller cities and a few less urban places too, but, like baby bear's porridge, Oxford is, shall we say, "just right". I've been in or around Oxford for 26 years now, just over half my life. And though that scarcely makes…

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Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

The weekend saw a desultory rally of assorted anti-neighbour groups in Woodstock, following their "parish poll" to decide whether they should continue to oppose new housing near the town. This was reported on by the Oxford Mail, and has generated an assortment of comments. I thought it would be good to post one of my…

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Land tax versus land release

...or why we would still need Land Value Tax even if everyone had a home. One of the most common responses to the suggestion that Land Value Tax would be an equitable way of solving housing shortages is that "we don't need more tax, just looser planning regulations" enabling landowners to release more (and predominantly…

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