What MPs and the CPRE have to say about the government’s plans to deregulate the planning system.
There are fears that housing reforms will mean vast swathes of the countryside will be ‘concreted over’, as covered by the Telegraph (paywall):
The planning changes mean thousands of extra homes over the next 15 years will be needed in rural counties like Kent, Surrey, and Devon
Much of the criticism has centred on the government’s housing algorithm, as covered in these pages:
With several MPs from all sides voicing their concern in a recent debate:
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England makes its opinion very clear:
CPRE The countryside charity on Twitter: “‘A developers’ charter’… ‘A hand out for the development industry’… ‘risks eroding local democracy and encroaching on our countryside’ That’s what MPs had to say about the government’s damaging plans to deregulate the planning system. Pretty damning right? Watch and share 👇
And the CPRE in Devon has been very much on the case, producing a detailed and damning report last month:
A book which came out in April claims that the reasons for the ‘housing crisis’ go much deeper – and show the contradictions within the system:
In the eyes of Bob Colenutt, the answer is clear. In his urgent new book, The Property Lobby, he identifies the RICS as one of numerous actors in a complex network of landowners, housebuilders, financial backers, professional bodies and politicians who are engaged in propping up the status quo to ensure that their interests prosper – at the expense of everyone else. The housing crisis is no accident, he argues, but the calculated product of an elite group who have no reason to fix it.
Meanwhile, the struggle over the government’s proposals continue::