At the UDG’s annual conference, held this year in Bristol, Roger Evans gave a paper highlighting the problems of local plans which simply choose from competing ‘sites’. This process usually directs development to land that is the least well connected and resulting allocations are essentially isolated ‘blobs’. Instead a ‘whole-town’ approach is needed which focuses on building pieces of town rather than just building houses. The art of town planning must be given more weight alongside legal procedures: we need to plan by watersheds and movement patterns rather than arbitrary property boundaries and sustainability should be built-in, not bolted-on. Fine towns and city quarters should we something we have a right to live in, not just visit on holiday.