Mill Hill East Transport (before the bean counters cut it all)


Friday, 22 March 2013

Daily Telegraph: "Planning minister’s war on the countryside"

"Property developers have been privately promised that planning laws will be liberalised again within weeks, to allow them to begin a house-building boom backed by this week’s Budget.

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"Nick Boles, the planning minister, attended a meeting with some of the country’s biggest property developers hours after George Osborne’s speech on Wednesday, in which he told them he was prepared for an acrimonious battle with countryside campaigners.

"The Telegraph has obtained a recording of the meeting, in which Mr Boles discloses that he is poised to axe the planning permission requirement for many developments. He indicates that the main purpose of a £15.5 billion government package to support homebuyers is to create a building boom."

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

"Countryside at war as planning system collapses"

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"Simon Jenkins, the Chairman of the National Trust, said every day another community is coming forward to complain of a new wind farm or housing development in a beautiful area.

"He said the last year is the worst he has ever known for threats to the countryside, with a number of key heritage sites in danger from not only wind farms but fracking, high speed rail and even nuclear disposal. He warned:
"Local Britain will be a warfare area. Everywhere you go people are fighting random developments. This can only be tackled by proper planning."