Sunday, August 7, 2011 11:13
Proposed planning reforms - CPRE plea for help
Proposed changes to planning laws, intended to streamline complicated rules on new buildings and reducing over 1,000 pages of national planning policy to just 52 pages, include a directive to councils that there should be a "presumption for development". These reforms could allow un-checked development in the countryside.
Below is a message from CPRE (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) outlining their challenge to these proposals:
Please ask your MP to say no to growth at any cost.
The planning system is under attack from the Government's planning reforms and the protection of precious countryside is going to be seriously weakened.
We urgently need your help to fight back.
The reforms represent the biggest shake-up of planning for over 50 years. They will place the countryside under increasing threat and leave local communities and planning authorities largely powerless in the face of developer pressure.
Please write to your MP asking them to raise your concerns about the planning reforms, and in particular the draft national planning policy framework, with the Minister, Greg Clark. We've drafted a letter you can use.
All of us who care about the countryside - as well as the vitality of our towns and cities - need to stand up for what we value. Unless we act now, there will be uproar across the country as local communities discover in the months and years to come that the planning system and its ability to protect the countryside have been undermined by these reforms currently being pushed through.
If you care about this issue, you can visit the CPRE website and complete the template to send a letter to your MP.