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Scotland’s plan to implement 20-minute neighbourhoods nationwide

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New measures proposed by the Scottish government in a recent document outline a war on carbon and a war on cars.  It includes a plan to implement restrictive 20-minute neighbourhoods so that the Government can deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Environmentalists have had it in for cars for years, wrote Spiked Online last year, we all know they’d like to ban cars altogether.  In the age of “net zero,” the car is public enemy No1.  And so, we’ve had a long line of proposals to make driving more expensive and difficult. 

For example, in April 2022, Stefanie O’Gorman, who sits on the Scottish government’s Climate Emergency Response Group, said that the construction of houses with double garages drove her “bonkers.” She told the Edinburgh Science Festival that owning two cars ignores “the social and cultural changes taking place as we adapt our lives to live more sustainably… we can’t afford for everybody to have two cars.”


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In November 2022, the Scottish government published a revised draft of their ‘National Planning Framework 4’ which dramatically begins: “The global climate emergency means that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the future impacts of climate change.” 

A few paragraphs later it states, “We have already taken significant steps towards decarbonising energy and land use, but choices need to be made about how we can make sustainable use of our natural assets in a way which benefits communities.”

Don’t be fooled by the fluffy language.  The Scottish government’s efforts are not an attempt to “benefit communities.”  As the draft itself states, the Scottish government is planning “future places” on six principles that “will play a key role in delivering on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” 

Whom do the SDGs benefit?  To demonstrate who benefits we’ll use the example of SDG7 on which we have recently published two articles, see below, and in a nutshell: SDG7 has the goal to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”  We are told that the whole point of “sustainable development” is to mitigate the problems that will supposedly be caused by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions. This fairy tale has left most people labouring under the illusion that SDG7 energy transition, and the variations on the associated “net zero” policy commitment, will reduce CO2 emissions. That assumption is wrong. The reality is the UN’s “sustainable” goal for renewable energy is sheer fantasy, if not utter madness and is a scam to enable the rich to become richer off the backs of the poor.

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One of the Scottish government’s six principles to deliver on the UN’s goals in its National Planning Framework is “local living”:

Local living. We will support local liveability and improve community health and well-being by ensuring people can easily access services, greenspace, learning, work and leisure locally.

National Planning Framework 4: revised draft, Part 1 – A National Spatial Strategy for Scotland 2045, Scottish Government, 8 November 2022

To understand what is meant by “locally” and how they plan to achieve “locally,” we need to read further into the draft, wade through more gibberish and follow the word trail. 

The “national spatial strategy,” the draft says, will support the planning and delivery of “sustainable places,” “liveable places” and “productive places.”  According to the Scottish government, a “sustainable place” includes:

Scotland’s Climate Change Plan, backed by legislation, has set our approach to achieving net zero emissions by 2045, and we must make significant progress towards this by 2030 including by reducing car kilometres travelled by 20% by reducing the need to travel and promoting more sustainable transport.

National Planning Framework 4: revised draft, Part 1 – A National Spatial Strategy for Scotland 2045, Scottish Government, 8 November 2022

The draft then gives the precise method the Government plans to use to “reduce the need to travel.”

Several policies support more local living and limit the use of additional land for development, the draft says. One of these policies is Policy 15 “which promotes local living, including where feasible 20-minute neighbourhoods.” It almost sounds as if 20-minute neighbourhoods are an optional nice to have.  But this is most likely more fluffy language because Policy 15 was written with one, and only one, purpose.

Policy 15 falls under the “intent” to encourage, promote and facilitate development by applying the “Place Principle.”  Place Principle appears to be some sort of communist ideology but, to be honest, their gibberish is difficult to decipher while at the same time sifting through all the fluffy language.  So, returning to the proposed restrictions on the freedom to travel, the sole purpose of Policy 15 is that:

Development proposals will contribute to local living including, where relevant, 20-minute neighbourhoods. To establish this, consideration will be given to existing settlement pattern, and the level and quality of interconnectivity of the proposed development with the surrounding area, including local access to:

  • sustainable modes of transport including local public transport and safe, high-quality walking, wheeling and cycling networks;
  • employment;
  • shopping;
  • health and social care facilities;
  • childcare, schools and lifelong learning opportunities;
  • playgrounds and informal play opportunities, parks, green streets and spaces, community gardens, opportunities for food growth and allotments, sport and recreation facilities;
  • publicly accessible toilets;
  • affordable and accessible housing options, ability to age in place and housing diversity.
National Planning Framework 4: revised draft, Part 2 – National Planning Policy, Scottish Government, 8 November 2022

“Publicly accessible toilets.”  You can’t have employment or visit family members who live further than 20 minutes away, but you will have access to public toilets.  Which could be useful for the elderly and parents with babies or toddlers who will, no doubt, be required to walk or cycle everywhere and so definitely won’t be visiting family unless they live practically next door.

As we have seen in Oxford, people do not take kindly to measures forcibly curtailing freedom of movement and freedoms in general. London boroughs are also preparing a defence against the attempted expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (“ULEZ”).

For those who are not resisting this scheme because they trust their government, we suggest you read the Scottish government’s National Planning Framework. You will note a lot of fluffy language mixed in with gibberish.  That is by design because psychology and money – not facts – are driving the climate alarmist narrative. 

As well as by “independent” groups of psychologists, these psychological tactics are being deployed by the UK government based on a document produced by the Environment and Climate Committee.  Published in October 2022 and titled ‘In our hands: behaviour change for climate and environmental goals’, it is a sinister document.  In it, the Government openly states that all aspects of our life need to be managed to lessen the impact of climate change and that mind control techniques, very similar to the ones used to force the public into acquiescing to covid lockdowns, need to be used against the population.

Read more: Covid PsyOps Are Now Being Used for Climate Change

The simple truth is that CO2 is Earth’s greening gas.  It is the elixir of life.  It has been supporting plants since the world began, making virtually all life on Earth possible.  CO2 is nature’s fertilizer.  We should celebrate it, not demonise it.  And we certainly should not be allowing the UN or governments to take control of it, monetise it and/or use it to control us while removing our rights and freedoms. Scotland’s entire National Planning Framework 4 should be scrapped.

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Featured image: West Lothian ’20-min neighbourhood’ to plug housing shortfall (background), 14 September 2020

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Mary
Mary
18 days ago

Oh! Well Victoria’s tyrannical dictator has had those coming now for a year or two or more! See “Plan Melbourne”: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/planning-for-melbourne/plan-melbourne/20-minute-neighbourhood

truthtellertonni
truthtellertonni
18 days ago

And the masses will comply.
They will bow and worship the beast system & the Antichrist that runs it.
They are so smart that they don’t even remember what carbon is.
Everything living on this planet is made of carbon, including them.
They are the carbon emission the Freemasonic corporate government wants to squish.
This world makes me sick.

Austrian Peter
Austrian Peter
Reply to  truthtellertonni
18 days ago

Don’t get angry – get even. We don’t need to live in this crazy island, or anywhere else in the Collective West. Leave it to the oligarchs and MOVE! I’m off to Belize – they didn’t even know about Covid and it has great weather too! Sustainable living 101:
https://internationalliving.com/sailing-in-caribbean-belize/

Rabbi Seamus
Rabbi Seamus
Reply to  Austrian Peter
17 days ago

During Lockdown, yachties were treated as lepers by small island folk.

I did Yachtmaster both Day & Coastal to buy a boat and leave in the dead of night.

Maybe the Caribbean is different but for yachties, the Pacific Islands and SEAsia were worse than being on an offgrid farm.

I’ll check back here to see if you have any useful updates.

Rabbi Seamus
Rabbi Seamus
Reply to  Rabbi Seamus
17 days ago

Who is the twit that down voted my useful comment – reply with something useful yourself instead.

Wiggy
Wiggy
Reply to  Rabbi Seamus
12 days ago

I’m generally playing around with the Day Skipper theory, which is already vastly more than I need.. cos I moved to SE Asia nearly 18 years ago…

drewtho
drewtho
Reply to  truthtellertonni
17 days ago

….William Wallace would be ashamed of the sheep his countrymen have become

J. Helen
J. Helen
18 days ago

We’ll make our own decisions. I cannsot see the Scots putting up with this nonsense. The UN are unelected, and their time will be up soon. As will the WEF and WHO.
We might laugh at all of this in a few years’ time. It certainly a lesson on not allowing the creep of nasty rich people. I suggest on the day of reckoning all the wealth is taken and put back into the coffers of each nation. And another idea; there should be a ceiling as to how much any individual can possess. That should clip their wing.

Barney
Barney
Reply to  J. Helen
17 days ago

This is how civil wars get started.

bluearea
bluearea
18 days ago

Does that mean any leader of a country will have to have permission to use a plane of any kind to go any where when skype type technology is available

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Barney
Barney

20 minutes, they say. Um. What if there’s a traffic jam and you get stuck for hours? What if there’s a snow storm and you get stranded for even longer? What if you’re a specialist doctor needed for a medical emergency IN A NEIGHBORING TOWN? Ah. The injured should what? Go die? What if you’re a delivery man with a load of critically important goods? At the 20 minute mark – you pull over and stop? Let the good rot? A classic feature of the left is THE FAILURE TO THINK THINGS THROUGH TO THEIR LOGICAL CONCLUSION!!!

Islander
Islander
18 days ago

The loonies are well in charge of the asylum. And what is the point raising the issue with my local member of parliament? He is in on it! Just as good as write to Donald Duck.
The SNP in coalition with the Greens are going flat out with this net zero nonsense-they have redefined what it means to be militant. Forget 2045, they will get it done well before that-2025-30?
On the Scottish island I live you would be hard pressed to drive for more than 20 minutes, unless you go round in circles! The SNP have screwed up the ferries here; they are old and breaking down-you can’t book ahead for the summer, the system won’t let you. Holiday let owners are beside themselves-how different it was only a few short years ago…

UgotThatRight
UgotThatRight
Reply to  Islander
17 days ago
Mark Deacon
Mark Deacon
17 days ago

Stefanie O’Gorman – what a stupid c@nt and I say it insulting all women in the world who agree with her.

Have 50 garages, 50 cars I do not care because a person only drives one at a time. Get the point? she is proclaiming the ordinary person must if married share a vehicle with their partner a restriction she would exempt from herself.

If you are 18 you get too vote, pass your driving license and thus purchase and own your own car. Then that is reasonable and what we have now.

As for 2 car garages … well having 1 car and a 2 car garage creates flexabilitiy in storage or other facets of life like putting a washing machine and dryer in it.

Now neutering this woman would a good idea before she could have babies who only continue or increase the carbon emission disaster she complains about.

I have only one kid, so when I perish my CO2 emission halves … virtue signaling here I have already saved the planet have I not going forward.

Where is my participation trophy?

Doyle Hargraves
Doyle Hargraves
17 days ago

That car is freedom and we can’t have any of that. FJB

Rabbi Seamus
Rabbi Seamus
17 days ago

Bonkers O’Gorman swallowed the Conspiracy Against Mankind, hook, line and sinker.

The utterly brainwashed are dangerous.

Arthur Foxake
Arthur Foxake
17 days ago

Because houses with two car garages drives her bonkers the SNP’s Stefanie O’Gorman says:
“owning two cars ignores “the social and cultural changes taking place as we adapt our lives to live more sustainably… we can’t afford for everybody to have two cars.”
I suppose that means Franklyn D Roosveldt’s other pledge of a chicken in every pot is out of the question with these virtue signallers too. Crushed bug burgers and a rusty old bike for us ordinary punters while the elites zoom off the Davos in their private jets to decide how many of us have to be culled next year.

10ffgrid
10ffgrid
Reply to  Arthur Foxake
17 days ago

Well stated –

Greeboz6
Greeboz6
17 days ago

Have people forgotten the Climate-gate disclosures of how “their” paid “scientists” were faking their proof of warming & plotting to prevent anyone from publishing opposing FACTS? Have they forgotten grade school science where we learn that ALL plant life depends on CO2 to live, grow & feed all other life on our earth? Is it not obvious that they are making false claims to gain world wide one government control of ALL energy use so hey control every aspect of everyone’s lives? If they control all energy use, they would control what is produced, who is allowed to produce, how much, where & when. That controls what you can purchase, what jobs are available to you, where you can live, if you can have a personal vehicle or house, etc. It is a LOT like world Communism, tyranny & dictatorship.

Barney
Barney
Reply to  Greeboz6
17 days ago

30 years ago when the climate fraud first began, the brainchild of that sicko Canadian Maurice Strong, I postulated that when things are done based on a FRAUD, it doesn’t end well. Global warming, now REBRANDED as ‘climate change’ always was / is a complete and utter fraud, which sadly, a good part of the population hasn’t got knowledge to refute. So here we are. A fraud, ending badly. People are dying. Civil war looms.

10ffgrid
10ffgrid
17 days ago

Scotland is lost in a state of leftist madness. You either have freedom and liberty, or imprisonment.

Barney
Barney
Reply to  10ffgrid
17 days ago

Leftists are certifiably insane. The insanity on our part was listening to them.

Helene Belloni
Helene Belloni
17 days ago

Great Scotts! Where’s Brave Heart when you need him? I am reading all about the Venetians trying to control you and England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Keep fighting.

Suzanne
Suzanne
17 days ago

I am Scottish but don’t live there any more. I can’t believe they are trying to implement this in a country that has lots of hills, lochs and fresh air. It’s a load of gobbeldy gook and sustainability is a myth. Nothing is sustainable because everything changes even if it takes 100 years. If the people fall for this they are even more mind controlled than here in Australia. Where have the spirited Scots of the past gone?

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truepatriot
truepatriot
16 days ago

I think the insanity of the rich problem needs to be addressed before anything. These nut jobs come up with the most ridiculous ideas ever conceived. None of which are the least bit possible. It’s as if the decision makers get their ideas from talking to inmates at the local insane asylum.

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Stewart Frazier Anderson
Stewart Frazier Anderson
16 days ago

I have always liked the thought of my Scottish descent, but thank GOD my people got out of what has become a toilet country over 200 years ago.

Islander
Islander
Reply to  Stewart Frazier Anderson
16 days ago

You are right in more ways than one! (I have four loos in my house!).

Marty
Marty
16 days ago

I’m thinking 🤔 they try that here in USA, the lockdown police better have a good life insurance for their family.

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Dave
Dave
16 days ago

United we overthrow this evil climate change tyranny. Divided we become serfs in a technofeudal dystopia and nothing that makes life worth living will be left. The population at large is slowly waking up. It is up to each one of us to help speed up that process. Sitting on your hands, being silent and waiting for someone else to sort it out are not the answer. The globalist parasites are at war with us. If we lose the war then humanity has no future. It is time that we end their nonsense now.

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Jasonn
13 days ago

Seems to me that the “government” has forgotten who it works for.

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