Proposed planning reforms
The Guardian Environment section has done a few stories on how planning reforms could lead to over development in rural areas. The government has tabled an amendment requiring only 50 per cent of local people to agree with planning applications (previously 70 per cent). They argue this could easily be used by powerful developers, who can offer sweeteners to local landowners.
Rosa Jean Andrew commented
This will be devastating for rural areas - planning is already being sought for housing estates in areas of outstanding natural beauty
Joanna Davidson commented
as a member of various heritage groups in a rural area we are desperate to prevent what will be a developers charter
Caroline White commented
Please set up a campaign against this amendment! We need to keep the balance of power with local people, not developers, if we are to protect what's left of our precious natural environment.