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Bob Neill To Be New Planning Minister?

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It looks as if we might have a new planning minister in Bob Neill. He seems to be against overdevelopment and building in the green belt, but in favour of development ehere it does no harm. That can't be right though - wouldn't that be almost* a sensible approach?

In a recent comment piece in the journal Public Finance Neill explained his party's planning philosophy in these terms: "We are unashamedly pro-development. That is why we would introduce a presumption in favour of sustainable development. We want more homes to be built but it's vital to ensure that the right homes are built in the right places.

"It is wrong to believe that the distant bureaucrats who dream up Regional Spatial Strategies and housing targets are those best placed to decide where development should happen.

"That role should be taken by local communities and local authorities, working in collaboration to derive, from the bottom up, local plans that clearly define where and what future developments they want. If you treat people like adults and give them a real say in shaping their communities, they will see the benefits of – and be much more likely to support – appropriate and sustainable development. The top-down target regime is a cause of Nimbyism, not an answer to it, and it needs to go."

But NIMBYs don't like development, what are you going to do Bob - bribe them?

He added: "Our incentives, such as council tax match funding, would also help to foster a pro-development culture, as communities would be able to see tangible benefits of growth, instead of seeing development as a drain on existing resources."

http://www.planningp...week_2/200510_4

*that's not to say there isn't plenty of greenbelt that is a bit rubbish and not worth preserving...

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It looks as if we might have a new planning minister in Bob Neill. He seems to be against overdevelopment and building in the green belt, but in favour of development ehere it does no harm. That can't be right though - wouldn't that be almost* a sensible approach?

But NIMBYs don't like development, what are you going to do Bob - bribe them?

http://www.planningp...week_2/200510_4

*that's not to say there isn't plenty of greenbelt that is a bit rubbish and not worth preserving...

That's funny. Round here there has been massive new build development and no new schools to support the growth in population. Some people over in claygate are being shuttled to Rydens in Walton.

Edits for fat finger syndrome

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