Anger grows at government proposals for a “developers’ charter” in new planning White Paper

Posted By on 2nd September 2020

By Richard Whitehouse There are signs of a grassroots’ revolt against government plans to introduce large changes to the planning system. Councillors Malcolm Brown and Jackie Bull who both sit…

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  1. My experience of planning in Cornwall is that most housing developments get planning permission. Those that don’t, often for extreme problems with access or being out in the open countryside, then get that decision overturned at appeal. And then there are the single properties which are built larger, taller and nearer to boundaries than their planning permission, which causes difficulties for the new occupier and neighbours for years to come. What about land in AONBs? Cornwall AONB and Tamar Valley AONB cover large areas and we’re told a different system will work there. Would be useful to have some detail on that. Yes, I am worried about the removal of local residents’ consultations in the new proposals and the lack of affordable housing will do those of us who live and work in Cornwall no good at all, but in our current planning system it often feels as if local opinions are largely irrelevent to the planning officer’s decision, even if they are of material planning fact not a personal grype.

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