CLA calls on new Government to mend broken planning system
The CLA today (Tuesday, 1 June) called on the Government to fix Britain's failing planning system.
The Association launched a report – entitled Planning for Change in the Countryside – which says the current planning system acts as a brake on "appropriate and much-needed development in the countryside" in the misplaced belief that this supports communities and the environment.
The new policy paper says some rural communities have become unsustainable because of restrictions to economic development in the countryside.
Launching the report today, CLA President William Worsley called on the new Government to make the planning system "flexible and transparent" and said that the cost of making planning proposals must be proportionate to the size of the development.
Mr Worsley said: "We need a planning system that's fit for the 21st century, allowing rural communities to live and work.
"Stable and flexible planning would deliver quicker and less expensive decisions while taking a balanced approach to sustainable development in a whole host of ways.
"These include promoting a mixture of development in rural areas, providing for employment sites, housing, transport, public and private services to support the long-term sustainability of rural communities. It also involves working with land managers on conserving and enhancing our natural environment and mitigating climate change."
The CLA President said rural housing policy should promote "organic, incremental growth of all villages" and that heritage policy should allow modernisation of buildings without harming their historic or architectural significance.
He added: "The current draconian planning regulations and rural policy vacuum are throttling the sustainability of rural communities and driving young people into the towns and cities. We are asking Government to loosen the grip on planning to give the countryside a chance to thrive".
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