Monday, December 6, 2010

A charter for nimbys, or real freedom?

Need planning permission? Do it yourself as planning laws are overhauled

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 – Not In My Back Yard protesters – 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.

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3 thoughts on “A charter for nimbys, or real freedom?

  • mark wadsworth says:

    It’s a NIMBYs’ Charter, no doubt about that. It was always clearly the Tories’ stated aim to prevent new construction as far as possible and this is how they are going to do it.

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    A little leftfield I know, but when I see articles like this it calls to mind that fact that around 95% of the population would accept an organ donation and yet only a quarter of the population are registered as donors. Let’s face it, the majority of people are simply selfish and would happily deny someone else the same luxury that they themselves were – presumably – afforded.

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  • Nothing to do with me mate, It’s those over there.

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