Government plans to overhaul the planning system to make it easier for homes to be built have been described as “a disaster for Cornwall”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that he wanted to “build, build, build” and as part of that wants to make it easier for housing developments to take place.
A major part of that would be to allow some developments to go ahead without the need for planning permission which would mean that local planning authorities like Cornwall Council would have little or no say over what is built in the local area.
Mebyon Kernow leader Dick Cole said that the proposals were “scary” and said his party would be campaigning against the changes.
In a statement MK said: “Mebyon Kernow supports large scale investment in public services and appropriate infrastructure as part of any recovery plan.
“I’m very worried about even further relaxation of the planning rules. We just end up with loads of second homes being built and sold for extortionate prices when rules are relaxed, rather than homes for people who live locally. We have already had so many developments accepted by Bristol planning inspectors after being turned down locally”Cllr Jayne Kirkham, Labour’s deputy Leader at the Council
“But we are very worried about statements from the UK Government. The housing minister Christopher Pilcher has already publicly confirmed that he is looking to loosen restrictions in planning law, in particular to make it easier to push through housing schemes.
“The Prime Minister has meanwhile stated that he will be bringing forward the ‘most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the Second World War’.
Source: Cornish Stuff
Original publication 1 July, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 9th July 2020
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