Sunday, June 6, 2010
Changes to planning legislation proposed
(Scroll down to 3rd paragraph) Welcome, too, are the Coalition plans to reverse Labour's classification of gardens as "brown field sites". The purpose of that ruling was to make more space available for housing development, which duly happened: the policy has left a rash of unsightly concrete bunkers in urban gardens, as homeowners sold them off to developers. The new houses have done little to ease the chronic shortage of affordable housing and have simply disfigured what used to be precious green spaces. The Coalition will also announce its intention to repeal the law that makes the provision of a set number of affordable homes a condition of developers being granted planning permission for upmarket housing.