Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I’d like local people to able to decide…

The New Localism

Why stop at "Preventing new development?" was my first thought. Why not allow Neighbourhood Committees to decide what type of business may be carried out in their area, who is allowed to buy a car, how many children each woman can have or what careers young people should take after leaving school? To my mind, there's only one correct answer.

Posted by mark wadsworth @ 08:31 PM (1594 views)
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6 thoughts on “I’d like local people to able to decide…

  • general congreve says:

    This is a local shop for local people!

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  • They have gated communities in the US where they decide how long the grass on your lawn should be……

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  • Planning rules already dictate use types for commercial property. You see signs on shops saying “To let for A3 use”, which means it can sell hot food (usually a takeaway). Here’s an easy-to-read introduction: http://www.startinbusiness.co.uk/info_advice/regulations/uk/property/planning_use_classes_order1987.htm

    I do think this is necessary in a densely populated country like the UK; otherwise you’d have lorries delivering up residential streets at all hours. I appreciate that it might seem stifling to free enterprise, but I’ve yet to hear any major complaints about it.

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  • Hitler Youth springs to mind.

    Much like sea creatures are wet, we all go through conditioning to some degree.

    Some get hooked.

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  • Charlie Brooker says:

    I wonder just how well qualified Eric Pickles is for his job?

    Did he get his PhD in his subject studying at at university at the centre of white hot economic progress, say in Asia?

    If, as I suspect, Pickles is just an over-confident lay-amateur then decentralising decision making to even less educated locals is encouraging the arrogance of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

    It goes without saying that local people should have a say in local affairs, but if that leadership is put into the hands of pig-ignorant cantankerous old farts exactly how is Britain’s standard of living and international competiveness meant to improve to match those of, say, Singapore?

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  • charlie brooker says:

    I wonder just how well qualified Eric Pickles is for his job?

    Did he get his PhD in his subject studying at at university at the centre of white hot economic progress, say in Asia?

    If, as I suspect, Pickles is just an over-confident lay-amateur then decentralising decision making to even less educated locals is spreading the arrogance of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

    It goes without saying that local people should have a say in local affairs, if that leadership is put into the hands of a bunch of pig-ignorant cantankerous old farts exactly how is Britain’s standard of living and competiveness meant to improve to match those of, say, Singapore?

    http://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-to-design-south-korean-eco-city/

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