Friday 2 September: Our campaign gathers momentum

Last night our chairman, Simon Jenkins, went up against planning minister Greg Clark on BBC Two’s Newsnight.

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”

Alexander Chancellor thinks that Tories could be biting the hand that feeds them in ‘The Conservatives will pay dearly for desecrating what people love most‘.
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3 thoughts on “Friday 2 September: Our campaign gathers momentum

  1. If your NIMBY campaign to stop planning reform is successful, it will benefit land and other property owners first and foremost, specifically those who have a property or planning permission to build one, by increasing the scarcity value of their assets. It will have a ruinous effect on a multitude of young people who need somewhere to live and will have to fork out more money for housing. Thanks!

  2. The wrong date is on the headline, should be September 2.

    While commenting, could you make your petition more interactive? If you had a running count of signatories, as well as examples of comments, people like me could promote it through social media. 38 Degrees has shown how effective it is to have promote through Facebook and Twitter. There needs to some momentum on the website to encourage people to share information and encourage sigantories.

  3. I don’t think that the National Trust should become involved in what is essentially a political issue involving a chronic shortage of housing in the UK for younger people. I also fail to see what the National Trust knows about this issue from its experience of preserving large manor houses and estates throughout the UK. The National Trust should be a charity that protects sites of interest in the UK, not a political vehicle for people who are fortunate enough to own their own properties and oppose any further development for those that do not. Is this really what people are paying their membership fees for?

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