|Link to Sunday Telegraph|
"Bill Bryson, US-born, British resident, incurably Anglophile, is warning that the country he loves is at risk of turning into the country he is from thanks to the Government's proposed reforms to the planning laws:
"Where I grew up, in Des Moines, Iowa, there is hardly any downtown economic activity now. Everybody shops in malls – you don't find a sense of community in malls. The solution, he suggests, lies in building on brownfield sites, or in Britain's 'very appealing, liveable towns' – with their existing infrastructure and unoccupied properties.
The Government talks as if the planning system is an impediment to growth. I would say it stops foolish or greedy people being rapacious to the built environment."