Category Archives: NATIONAL

Lobby for Bill to amend the National Planning Policy Framework

Time to give communities a real say in the planning process!

On the 30th April 2014, Greg Mulholland MP introduced a bill, under the ten minute rule, for amendment of the NPPF (see his speech here). It is sponsored by MPs from all three major parties, and addresses a number of issues that affect us – in particular the presumption that “sustainable development ” means that developers can build at will in villages.

The Bill will now receive a second hearing on 6th June 2014. We believe that this Bill, which enjoys cross-party support, will address most of the issues that have angered and frustrated us all since the inception of the NPPF.

Please could we ask you to lobby your MP, Damien Hinds, and ask him to support this effort. If we are ever to put right the many injustices and stupidities of the current planning system, then getting this Bill through will be an excellent start.

You can email your MP (and other elected representatives) through this link. Just enter your post code and you should see Damien Hinds as your local MP.

Thank you

Rural England Under Siege says Campaign to Protect Rural England

The  Campaign to Protect Rural England has published a report “Community Control or Countryside Chaos? The effect of the National Planning Policy Framework two years on”.

The CPRE say that “The research has found that the reforms are forcing local councils to accept major developments against their will in all parts of the country from Devon to Derbyshire and Suffolk to Staffordshire.

It reveals plans for over 700,000 houses in the countryside – including 200,000 allocated for the Green Belt. As a consequence, the countryside surrounding towns and villages across England is under siege. Sites already earmarked for housing are being left undeveloped while councils are under increasing pressure to allocate more and more land for future development.”

One of those sites is Four Marks with a predicted 350 additional houses planned without counting the Barn Lane development. We share that dubious privilege with other villages across England that are being targeted by developers who see easy pickings under the current planning regime.