Friday, January 7, 2011
NIMBY of the week
"It's no wonder that the county council do not want the public to know the likely sites for the proposed high-speed rail link in the county. It's a sure thing that property prices will crash. They must have remembered the price crash in the city 35 or so years ago when the Eastern Relief Road was the then threat â€“ and all to appease the "Great Motoring Public". It was not, in the end, built â€“ thank heaven â€“ but it took years for house prices to recover. Strange to relate, however, that when I used to comment on planning applications in the city, and both myself and others quoted likely harm to property values, officers' recommendations to development control said that: "The effect on property values of the application cannot be a valid objection under planning law" (!)"