Noel Farrer

Noel Farrer is a founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates.

Opinion... Recognising the value of nature

Can anything positive come from the felling of street trees in Sheffield? The sight of contractors unloading chainsaws and chopping down street trees outside residents' front doors is visceral. People feel shock and disbelief.

Opinion... Blurring of the truth in rude health

I found myself recently thumbing an old copy of George Orwell's 1984. Flicking through, much of what is unfolding today chimes with my memory of the book.

Farrer On ... Why we need a land strategy

The idea that farming has something to do with housing supply may seem tenuous. The reality is that our landscapes are so interdependent that the land management and decisions about what happens in one place have a direct impact on what happens in another

Government has grasped new places need infrastructure and high environmental quality - but the location is wrong

New green villages and towns do not resolve housing need, they neglect towns and are a poor use of valuable countryside.

According To Farrer ... Quality landscaping holds key to rural housing problem

The housing we are planning and delivering today is storing up a disaster of such proportions that we will regret it, much like we have regretted the scars caused by modernist ideology imposed on our cities in the 1960s.

According To Farrer ... Embracing change through recognition of landscape

Noel Farrer sees a link between our treatment of landscape and our decision to vote Brexit.

Farrer on...Brexit casts uncertainty over landscape

It has been a tumultuous time with Brexit and, for me personally, the conclusion of the presidency of the Landscape Institute.

Farrer on...Don't forget landscape in Brexit debate

I have been bemused by the paucity of the debate on Brexit. The relentless drive to justify and capture everything in a neo-liberal context is irrelevant. For me the scrabbling about propounding spurious figures of how poor we will be if we leave or how much richer we will be if we stay completely misses the point.

According To Farrer ... Best compromise is the LI should stay in London

Diversity and how we embrace it in all its forms is central to all political agendas we face today. Whether migration, the movement and integration of societies or the more understood agendas of sexism and racism, the challenge of diversity in all its forms underpins the future of people's success in this world.

According To Farrer ... Government must face climate change reality

Our climate has and will continue to change. People's capacity to accommodate this new reality amazes me.

Farrer On ... Recognising the value of quality landscaping

I recently gave evidence on green infrastructure to the House of Lords committee on the built environment. This was the first time the Landscape Institute has ever been asked to give oral evidence and a great opportunity.

Farrer On ... Professions should draw strength from unity

A recent article in the Homes & Property section of The Evening Standard caused quite a stir. In it, a garden designer appears to play off his profession with landscape architecture.

According To Farrer ... Landscape's place on political agenda

Politics has recently been dominated by foreign affairs - immigration and, closer to home, the housing crisis. But landscape seems to have slipped off the agenda. Even with the need for extensive new housing areas, there is no talk of garden cities, green belt, new towns or visions to meet this need.

Farrer On ... Building greater resilience into our cities

Recently I attended RIBA's Resilient Cities conference in London. I like the concept of resilience and how it captures the varied pressures that a city faces. George Ferguson, mayor of Bristol, spoke about how "complexity makes life more interesting" and recognised that for a place to be successful it must be able to contain different pressures.

According to Farrer...Delivering homes to the electorate

According to recent figures, the UK needs to build 180,000 new homes every year between now and 2020 - a target that we can see is being fulfilled with nondescript houses popping up across our neighbourhoods.