Friday 9 September: Further proof that the Planning Reforms are not community friendly – Media round up

With the debate hotting up over the planning reforms, a number of journalists have questioned the ability of the regulation to actually help those at the local level.


Planning reforms: fee threat to village greens 

Christopher Hope of The Daily Telegraph explains that communities would have to pay up to £1,000 to apply to save their green spaces from the developers’ bulldozers under plans to speed up the planning process. In official documents, ministers admit the proposed charge is likely to mean that fewer people will apply for the special protection. This will benefit developers, they say, as the planning process will take less time.

Must England’s Beauty Perish

Roger Scruton argues our case further, stating that with its planning reforms, the Government is betraying the heritage that so many have fought to preserve. 

The Daily Telegraph has also published an informative time-line outlining details of the planning reforms debate which can be accessed here.


2 thoughts on “Friday 9 September: Further proof that the Planning Reforms are not community friendly – Media round up

  1. As a Member of the Trust and also as a professional Planner I watch the debate on planning reform with growing disappointment, disbelief and anger.
    The Trust’s campaign (and The Telegraph’s etc) is misleading the public in a profoundly disturbing way. The planning reforms just do not do what the Trust says and the statements and images the Trust is using amount to blatant, ill-informed scaremongering. I am considering resigning my membership because of it.
    We have a severe housing crisis in this country caused by the policies of the last government imposing centrist control and increasing the volume and detail of government planning policy hugely. The volume of national planning guidance needs to be drastically reduced and the coalition government’s attempt to do so through a National Planning Policy Framework is a good start. Though it can be criticised in detail, the NPPF is not a “Development Free for All” nor is it dismantling the Planning system, nor is it a go ahead to concrete over the Green Belt, to say that it is is profoundly misleading to the point of justifying “unparliamentry” language.
    Rural and urban areas need more housing, especially affordable housing. Your campaign, if it succeeds, God forbid, will selfishly rob the next generation of the housing opportunities we have enjoyed.

    Richard L. P. Evans

  2. The St Monica’s Trust of Bristol appears to be at the forefront of the drive to build on Greenbelt. Despite it being a ‘caring’ charity it is vigorously persuing the development of 150 houses in an area of special landscape interest and prime agricultural land close to the historical village of Brixworth. The proposal has been packaged by the developer as an improvement to the area but has been met with universal disapproval.

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