Newcastle, assessed by Forum for the Future as top amongst Britain’s most sustainable cities for the second year running, and Leicester, in second place, are outpacing rivals Brighton, Bristol and London. "But all five have set themselves ambitious targets and are guided by long-term visions of how to improve life for their citizens by reducing their impact on the environment and seizing new opportunities in the green economy." 18 Oct  place
- Forum for the Future's 2009 ranking puts Newcastle top in their league table of "Britain’s most sustainable cities", 19 Nov  place
- Brighton and Hove rated as the most sustainable city in Britain, by Forum for the Future, October 20  The UK’s 20 largest cities were assessed according to three criteria – their ‘environmental impact', ‘quality of life’ and ‘future proofing’. Brighton and Hove as the most sustainable city is followed by Edinburgh in second place and Bristol in third. Liverpool comes bottom of the list, after Hull in 18th place and Birmingham in 19th. Forum for the Future intend to measure these indicators year-on-year.
- Social flowering in Chelsea - transforming urban green spaces, Natural England, May 18 / Biodiversity UK news
- Work starts on Manchester’s first urban water park, March 23 / Manchester
- "Birmingham and Manchester need mayors with tax and spend powers", says thinktank, ippr press release, February 22
- 'Cities need families' but lack of suitable homes may hinder plans to revive urban areas, January 18
- City centres should stay ‘young, free and single’, January 11