Civic Voice wrote to the government “Covid-19 has demonstrated the incredible spirit of communities uniting to support each other and fight this deadly virus.
“It should be they who drive the national recovery, with the power and voice to shape their local area so that it is a place in which they are proud to live, work and enjoy their time, and where everyone has an opportunity to reach their full potential.
“People want their local area to have high-quality, affordable homes built in the right places, supported by the right infrastructure, providing enough schools, promoting greener travel and tackling climate change.
“This can only be achieved through a local planning system with public participation at its heart, enabling councils to make places resilient, prosperous and capable of meeting the needs of their communities. It means beautiful areas and better homes. We urge the UK Government to keep planning in England local.
“Any suggestion that planning is a barrier to house-building is a myth. Nine in 10 planning applications are approved by councils, while more than a million homes given planning permission in the last decade have not yet been built. Developer land banking?
“Taking further planning powers away from communities and councils will only deprive them of the ability to define the area they live in and know best. It risks giving developers the freedom to ride roughshod over local areas.
“If the country is to come back stronger from Covid-19 then local communities must be at the heart of the recovery”.
The letter was signed by Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all in the planning world, Local Government Association, Town and Country Planning Association, Royal Institute of British Architects, District Councils’ Network, National Association of Local Councils, Planning Officers Society, the CPRE. Prepare for it to be ignored in pursuit of developers, their profits, and council tax booty, all in the name of the “community”.