Reports of of ‘developers’ charter’ being dropped ‘very welcome news’

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By Annabelle Sanderson
12th September 2021

Put local communities in charge of planning affordable homes and protecting the environment for more sustainable and democratic planning decisions, say CPRE Wiltshire

 

Commenting on the government’s reported rethink of its planning proposals, Anne Henshaw, Chair of CPRE Wiltshire said:

“On the face of it, it looks like good news particularly the binning of the top down developers’ charter. 

“But the devil will be in the detail and the CPRE will be monitoring any news information coming out.

“We need to have places for people to live and work but these need to be done sustainably and with local communities at the centre of those decisions.

“We know from our involvement with decisions such as the 7500 homes planned in Chippenham and the A350 proposals that local communities both want and need to be heard and must have a say in local decision making. Brownfield sites must be developed first to help protect local green spaces and our Green Belts which are vital in the fight against climate change but also so important for our physical and mental health.”

Commenting on the government’s reported rethink of its planning proposals, Tom Fyans, Deputy Chief Executive of CPRE, the countryside charity, said: 

‘‘This decision by Ministers is a victory for common sense and local campaigners all across the country who just wanted a proper say on the needs of their communities and how their area should be developed. We look forward to working with the government on creating a planning system that puts the needs of local communities ahead of developer’s profits’

You can read the original report in The Times.

 

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