Saturday, 17 September 2011
Sign the National Trust petition
It says: "For decades our planning system has protected much loved places from harmful development. The Government's reforms turn this on its head, using it as a tool primarily to promote economic growth instead.
"Despite news that the Government has offered to talk through the proposed changes to the planning system, we’re not convinced they’re listening.
"The Government’s planning reforms could lead to unchecked and damaging development in the undesignated countryside on a scale not seen since the 1930s.
"New plans published by the Government contain a core presumption that the default answer to development will be ‘yes’.
"We are deeply concerned that the Government’s proposals allow financial considerations to dominate, which could result in a green-light for poor quality or development in the wrong place, threatening the local places valued by you, while failing to deliver wider benefits to your community. "
You can sign the petition by going here.