Friday, April 8, 2011
Preserve the hallowed greenbelt at all costs!
Lord Wolfson has said British planning rules are "slow, Luddite and backward-looking" and act as a "powerful brake on UK economic growth". The chief executive of Next said Britain does not have a hotbed of technological development like the US Silicon Valley because "it would never get planning permission." The colourful retailer used his speech at the annual conference of the British Chambers of Commerce to call on Government to "seize the chance" to overhaul the planning system which he argued had hampered "every single business in the land at some stage." In order to promote growth, he said, the "Government should build the infrastructure and get out of the way."