Monday, December 6, 2010
A charter for nimbys, or real freedom?
Homeowners will have greater say over developments in their neighbourhoods under an overhaul of planning laws. The changes could pave the way for householders to improve their homes without interference from officials. But there are fears that it could also be a charter for Nimbys â€“ Not In My Back Yard protesters â€“ as residents will also have the power to block large developments in their areas. The plan could decree rules for home improvements such as extensions, conservatories, loft conversions, driveways and wind turbines. But decisions over large-scale developments such as new blocks of flats, schools and other public buildings may also be handed to residents.