Readers may know that the government is proposing radical changes to planning laws which will mean that individuals, and even councils, will have less opportunity to comment on proposals.
2G3S supporter and planning expert Anthony Cooper wrote a timely letter about this to The Cambridge Independent, much of which we reproduce below:
The government proposes to “speed up” and “streamline” the planning system by replacing it with a new regime altogether. They believe that the present system is an obstacle to the delivery of new homes. They are mistaken. There is plenty of land with permission for building already and most applications for planning permission receive consent. As we rely upon the market to deliver new homes it is the market which determines when and where those new homes are built. If the market is slow in delivering new homes it is for commercial reasons.
Everyone should be concerned at the way the government proposes to change the planning system. Although the public will still have a say, albeit a rather limited one in the drawing up of new district plans, the scope of the public to comment on and object to specific planning applications will be severely limited and in some circumstances denied altogether. Even our elected local representatives could be cut out of the process. In those cases the first thing a houseowner would know about something going on next door would be the arrival of the builders.
The government is consulting on their ideas and your readers have until the end of this month to make their views known. The government’s proposals are set out in a White Paper called “Planning for the Future” and can be accessed online here.
The consultation document is available here. The consultation is open until 11.45 pm on Thursday 29 October.