The Government has decided to hand over even more power to developers in its Planning White Paper proposals. It’s already changed the law to make it easier for developers to turn offices into homes without asking for permission from the council, something which we are challenging.
These changes are bad for local democracy, the quality of what gets built where we live, and our right to have a say.
Already the voices of people are not being heard. Everywhere development is happening that isn’t climate friendly, doesn’t protect our green spaces, and isn’t affordable for those most in need of homes. Our places are under threat and bad developments are driving up carbon emissions and leading to increased air pollution.
We all want to live in places that are not polluted, are safe for the youngest and oldest in our society to enjoy, have plenty of green space, and where we can all afford to live and work.
But the new proposals cut out local councils from having a say on individual developments. When the local plan is made, you’ll lose your right to be heard in person. These local plans will give permission for developments across whole areas.
Find out more about planning reform, and the new Charter for Rights and Democracy.
Naomi Luhde-Thompson (Rights : Community : Action)
Dr Hugh Ellis (Town and Country Planning Association / Rights : Community : Action)