By Paul Homewood
There was a time when Town & Country Planning Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute were serious, professional organisations.
Apparently they are no longer, as their leaders have succumbed to the mindless obsession with climate, that seems to have rotted the brains of our ruling class.
The first page of the Introduction really tells us all we need to know:
There is the usual obsession with renewable energy, without even attempting to explain how we can rely on such intermittent sources of energy. They even repeat this nonsensical claim:
I earned a penny yesterday. Today I earned tuppence. Perhaps someone might tell me how soon I will become a millionaire, if my earnings continue to increase at the same rate!
For supposed experts to rehash this drivel is frightening.
They are also apparently disappointed with the UK’s roll out of solar capacity:
If they had bothered checking with BP, they would have found that in the UK , solar power provided a “remarkable” 1.2% of primary energy consumption in 2016. Pitiful, I would agree (though it probably has something to do with the fact that solar power provides next to nothing in winter. But if they had carried on checking, they would also have discovered that worldwide solar power is only supplying 0.6% of total energy.
How can two professional bodies, who we all rely on for competence and integrity, have been so utterly brainwashed by the renewable lobby?
They must also have been reading the Al Gore book of global warming, because they have fallen hook, line and sinker for the extreme weather myth:
There is absolutely no evidence that there either has been or will be a dramatic increase in severe weather incidents – from heat waves to flooding and major changes in rainfall that will have a major impact on water supply.
Aware that people refuse to be alarmed by a slightly warmer climate, they resort to about the only scare tactic they have left – floods.
They talk about “climate resilience”, but perhaps they might care to explain why they have allowed thousands of houses to be built on flood plains in recent years.
The Report is introduced by the heads of the TCPA and RTPI, who both recite the usual meaningless mantra:
Kate Henderson, CEO of TCPA, clearly has her own agenda, such as “more women in construction”:
As the Guardian also reported in 2014, she is the TCPA’s first chief executive without a background in planning.
According to her TCPA profile:
Kate Henderson is Chief Executive of the TCPA where she leads the Association’s efforts to shape and advocate planning policies that put social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate.
Kate has raised the TCPA’s profile through a range of high profile campaigns, research projects and policy initiatives, most notably around garden cities, affordable housing, poverty and climate change. She has been involved in a number of government panels and independent commissions including the independent Lyons Housing Review.
Hills has only been in post since January, so can have played little part in the writing of the report.
As we have seen with other professional bodies, policy making has been taken over by a tiny clique at the apex of the organisation, who all have their own personal political agenda. Consistently we find that they are also extremely well networked with other likeminded policy makers across government and other influential organisations.
It is little coincidence that Henderson has been involved in a number of government panels and “independent” commissions. This is exactly how the green blob works.
It is worth noting that while the RTPI is a genuine, professional organisation for town planners, the TCPA is now little more than a lobby group, as its own website declares:
The Town and Country Planning Association campaigns for the reform of the UK’s planning system to make it more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development.
The TCPA occupies a unique position, overlapping with those involved in the development industry, the environmental movement and those concerned with social justice. The Association prides itself on leading-edge, radical thinking and problem-solving.
My guess is that the vast majority of the RTPI’s members, nearly all of them qualified planning professionals, will be horrified that their organisation has been taken over in this way.
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May 24, 2018 at 04:54PM