07 Sep '12, 11am

Homes that people can afford to heat are what we need, not an extension free for all | UK Green Building Council

Homes that people can afford to heat are what we need, not an extension free for all | UK Green Building Council

So, having shaken up, streamlined, and sliced and diced the planning system just a few months ago, this week brought a further joint statement from Mr Clegg and Mr Cameron about the need for planners to ‘get off people’s backs’ to get Britain building. All this is rather puzzling to say the least. Having achieved a surprising level of consensus across green groups and developers with the final draft of the National Planning Policy Framework a few short months ago, it seems very odd that Government is lining up to kick planners once again, especially since - as pointed out by the LGA today - there’s scant evidence that planning is actually holding up development. Of course there’s a need to make sure that planners are doing their job in a timely fashion, and that the multiple and often competing requirements on developers do not end up making new development unviable. To th...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/opinion/homes-people-can-afford-heat...

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