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05/07/2021

More than zero: An interview with Martin Elliot

Words: Huw Morris

Leeds wants to be net-zero by 2030. Martin Elliot, the city’s head of strategic planning, tells Huw Morris how reaching this goal will also mean tackling poverty, creating jobs and improving living environments

7-minute readMartin Elliot recalls his last conversation with Patsy Healey, the planning professor who was his tutor at Newcastle University. Her advice would inform the rest of his career.“She said to me: ‘You’re going to get very frustrated with the planning system unless you learn how to exploit the cracks, put your foot into a tiny gap and widen it. If you expect it all to be very easy, you........
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