Planning Rule Change Worries Locals in England

Changes to the planning system in England have locals and environmental groups up in arms.
September 1, 2011, 12pm PDT | Nate Berg
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They fear that changes to the rules governing planning decisions will take power away from local voices and give it to large developers.

"The fight against the proposed planning rules comes from groups at the heart of middle England and is shaping up to become a major political battleground for David Cameron. Many of the groups were part of the coalition that forced the government into a U-turn on selling off English forests this year.

According to the groups, who are working individually and not as a coalition, the most radical reforms of the planning system in 50 years will allow developers to build what they like where they like in the 66% of England that is not formally protected by national park or other conservation status."

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Published on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in Guardian
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