22 Sep 2011

Concern at planning legislation

From National Trust campaign site
Concern around changes to planning legislation continue to grow.  Among the proposed changes is the removal of brownfield sites as a priority for development, gone too is much of the requirements around sustainability like developments minimising need to travel and protection of green fields other than specially designated areas. Tonight we will debate the housing requirements for Stroud - already there is absurd pressure - yes we need new homes but this seems to be a charter for developers.

Worth a read is George Monbiot at: http://www.monbiot.com/2011/09/05/terra-nullius/

He writes: "Impervious to experience, strangers to reason: the communities secretary Eric Pickles and the Chancellor George Osborne have learnt nothing from the economic crisis. They claim that laxer town planning “is key to our economic recovery”. But the European countries hit hardest by the economic crisis – Greece, Italy, Spain and Ireland – have weak planning controls and urban sprawl. The nations which have proved most resilient have tougher laws and compact settlements"

Sign National Trust petition here: https://www.planningforpeople.org.uk/

38degrees campaign also have a petition: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/save-our-countryside

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