Fear of urban sprawl’ under planning moves
A GROUP striving to make the community a better place has written to Chancellor Gordon Brown amid concerns that local democracy will get bypassed in the future. The Buntingford Civic Society is campaigning against recommendations in the recent Barker Revi
A GROUP striving to make the community a better place has written to Chancellor Gordon Brown amid concerns that local democracy will get bypassed in the future.
The Buntingford Civic Society is campaigning against recommendations in the recent Barker Review of Land Planning, which wants to reform the UK's planning process.
The group is concerned the current planning process will become centralised and communities will lose the power to have involvement in vital local planning decisions.
Society chairman Derek Cooper said: "If decisions are taken out of the hands of local authorities it means local voices will be unheard and large influential businesses will prevail.
"Hertfordshire is under a threat which, in my opinion, it has never faced before."
North East Herts MP Oliver Heald said: "There are three proposals in the Barker Review which are disastrous.
- 1 New cops truck catches out law-breaking drivers in successful week
- 2 Man sentenced for handling stolen goods - including designer watch, clothes and laptop
- 3 Drug dealer jailed after being found with heroin and crack cocaine
- 4 Goalkeeper with incurable brain tumour overwhelmed by fundraiser response
- 5 Ian Stewart 'appeared odd' at wife Diane's funeral, court hears
- 6 Cyclist in hospital with life-threatening injuries after crash
- 7 Jail for fraudulent accountant who tried to steal £200k of employer’s money
- 8 Bank cards, electrical items and jewellery stolen in burglary
- 9 Face coverings no longer mandatory indoors as England returns to Plan A
- 10 Ian Stewart murder trial: Diane 'suffered lack of oxygen for up to an hour'
- Letting regional assemblies review the green belt when they should be dealt with by local councils
- They want a planning commission stuffed full of bureaucrats, taking away power from county councils
- To remove controls on out of town developments which could lead to the death of high streets
"The proposals could lead to urban sprawl," said Mr Heald. "We're facing a Gatwick at Luton, Heathrow at Stansted and chipping away of the green belt, which is unacceptable and must be fought here."
Mr Heald will be signing an Early Day Motion in the Commons to support the motion condemning these problems.
- For more information visit www.civictrust.org or to write to Gordon Brown visit www.planningdisaster.co.uk