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.
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.
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.