Simon Jenkins declared the planning proposals “the most biased document I’ve ever seen”, whilst Jeremy Paxman, on top form as ever, was clearly irked at Gregg Clark’s refusal to answer whether the Government would backtrack on the plans after the consultation, asked Greg Clark: “Has it occurred to you that you might be wrong?”
The Daily Telegraph go with a front page splash – ‘Blight of the builders’ charter’ – for their ‘Hands off our land’ campaign: “The Coalition’s controversial planning changes could lead to more than 1,000 extra “major developments” being approved every year, Whitehall documents suggest.” Geoffrey Lean also explains why the proposals are so alarming.
In The Times Philip Collins says Either we conserve the countryside in aspic or we build much-needed houses. But you can’t have it both ways in ‘Want a home? Lose a hedgerow. That’s progress’ (£). And the Bricks and Mortar section examines the link between the planning proposals and first time buyers in ‘Do planning reforms threaten the green belt?’ (£).
The Daily Mail simplify the issue somewhat with ‘Warning over rural planning law shake-up which will allow developers to ‘concrete over the countryside”