Today in the Telegraph was a letter from a resident of South Pool in Devon. He argued that the campaign against the planning reforms, being organised by groups such as ourselves is not simply nimbyism. South Pool has a Coastal Protection Zone, a Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. If this parish is affected, the unprotected English countryside is doomed. Elsewhere, the Daily Mail ran the story that Ministers are offering councils hefty bribes to encourage them to build more. Paradoxically, this comes at a time when councils are being asked to make swingeing cuts
Organisations like the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the National Trust have voiced strong opposition against the planning reforms. Our small rural parish of South Pool in Devon has studied the draft, is equally opposed, and is moved to write, to demonstrate that opposition extends across the spectrum. The text of the draft framework is unintelligible, with an absence of properly defined terms. Its lack of precision will allow any interpretation. Lawyers will thrive while the countryside suffers.
Councils are being offered £1billion to push through plans to build new homes on greenfield sites.Ministers were accused of bribery yesterday when it emerged that millions upon millions will be used to gather support for the controversial policy. The ‘new homes bonus’ will go to local authorities that participate in a building boom the Tories say is vital for the economy. For example, a development of 3,700 houses at East Coker in Somerset would net the local council around £54million in grants.