“More than two thousand local councillors have joined with CPRE and Friends of the Earth to call on the government to abandon the most damaging elements of its changes to the planning system.”
A long time ago, back in the early summer, the government published its proposals for a radical shake-up of planning rules:
There was a huge amount of reaction – one response being fears that ‘local democracy’ would be compromised:
But many embraced the radical approach as necessary:
However, the ‘Tory shires’ will have none of it:
As opposition from all quarters gather, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has been working with Friends of the Earth to lobby politicians:
We join with councillors and FoE to oppose the dismantling of the planning system
More than two thousand local councillors (2,062) have joined with CPRE and Friends of the Earth to call on the government to abandon the most damaging elements of its changes to the planning system.
The changes the government have proposed threaten to silence local voices on planning issues and treasured areas of local green space and countryside.
With a further call for action:
Defend local planning and ensure your community’s voice is heard
An open letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
This open letter is about the government’s proposed changes to the planning system, as announced in August 2020 in the White Paper – Planning for the Future. It’s open for signatures from currently-serving councillors from all political parties and will be sent to the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, at a later date. The purpose of the letter is to demonstrate the widespread concern at the local level about the government’s plans.
To date, over 2,000 councillors have signed the letter. You can add your name by filling in your details below. The list of signatories is here.
The letter is being hosted by CPRE, the countryside charity, and Friends of the Earth. If you would like to find out more about the campaign we are running in opposition to the government’s proposals, or if you have any general questions, please email Sam Keyte: SamK@cpre.org.uk.