Friday, July 23, 2010
With great power comes great responsibility
The government plans to enable villages in England to build homes without seeking council planning permission. The Right to Build initiative aims to provide small numbers of affordable homes in rural areas where high home prices are driving people away. It is part of David Cameron's "big society" idea of allowing more decisions to be made locally. But the Campaign to Protect Rural England says building development should be democratically accountable. BBC UK affairs correspondent Tom Symonds says: "The government believes there are many rural communities eager to see more houses built to stop the countryside, as ministers put it, becoming a museum." Housing minister Grant Shapps envisages small developments of fewer than 20 homes.