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Some Thoughts on EV Infrastructure

On November 13, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

Much Electric Vehicle ownership is currently concentrated in hands of suburban residents who have off street car parking.  Ownership of EVs in denser Urban Areas is considerably more difficult, although some people do seem to be charging on “back lanes” typical of some Northern English Cities. The model being promoted…

Walking Catchments

On November 10, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog, With No Comments

Walkable catchments crop up again and again in both transport and real estate markets. A healthy UK High Street has over 50% of it’s trade arrive on foot, so understanding just how many potential customers there are (density) and how far they are prepared to stroll is key to understanding…

Cycling Urbanism

On April 18, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

What is it with New Urbanism and Cycling? Working in the built environment as in any field there are competing beliefs, theories and ideologies vying to shape projects.  From the point of view of trying to design for high rates of cycling we often draw strongly on successful models from Northern…

A Northumbrian Cycling Circuit?

On January 26, 2017, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,, , With No Comments

Working on the Dissington Garden Village project, a suggestion came forward at a consultation event from Local Road Cyclists and British Cycling that new sports facilities could include a new “Closed Road Cycling Circuit”. There are all sorts of reasons to get excited about Dissington from a cycling perpective, for more on…

Dissington Garden Village – Exemplar Design

On January 26, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, By ,, , With No Comments

After a lot of work from all involved the planning application for the Dissington Garden Village is now live, and being considered by Northumberland County Council. The project delivers a new village of 2000 homes, as well as nearly half a million sq ft of community, education, and employment space. A…

Press Reaction to Garden Villages

On January 3, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

On bank holiday Monday DCLG announced the first 14 Garden Villages, as well as 3 more Garden Towns. Reaction in the press has been questioning but positive.  The Independent are slightly sceptical of “Lush greenery, bounteous employment, plentiful and fast transport links” but largely pro St Cuthberts near to Carlisle. The Sun…

Smiths Dock

On November 27, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, By , , With No Comments

It’s not often that something interesting in housing and development happens on our doorstep, but Places for People and Urban Splash are in the process of building 34 prefabricated “hoUSe” homes at Smiths Dock North Shields.  These are the first of up to 850 houses and apartments on a brownfield…

Autonomous Vehicles

On October 9, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

Open a newspaper these days and you’ll see prediction after prediction that “Driverless Cars” are set to take over the world in the next 5-15  years and create a market worth up to $2.6 trillion a year. Why is this relevant for sustainable development, after all it’s just more cars,…

Lessons From The New Towns

On September 17, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Last night I went along to a talk by Carlton Reid and Graham Grant on urban cycling organised by Recyke y’bike. The focus was mostly on Newcastle, given we were at the city centre café – The Journey. Debate did touch on the experience of the new Towns with cycling, and…

Garden Village Guide to Active Travel

On September 2, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

I went looking for a guide to building walking and cycling networks in new settlements, and found there wasn’t one.  The guide below is a working draft, comments and contributions so far have been welcome and positive.  Version 3.0 includes detailed case studies.