Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire Asks Are New Proposed Planning Changes A Good Idea?
New Changes To Planning Laws!!
Home owners will be powerless to stop warehouses and factories being built next to their properties under a law to be debated in Parliament on Wednesday.
Council leaders say the changes will mean that it will be more difficult for residents to stop a development the size of a large supermarket (430,000 sq ft) being built next to their homes.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said developers of warehouses, factories, offices and conference centres could bypass local communities to have their planning applications assessed in private by a quango and ministers.
Councils normally require developers to consult communities before an application is made, with a further consultation to follow. However the Planning Inspectorate requires only “pre-application consultation” and advises that it is “not normally possible for substantial changes to be made to an application once it has been submitted to the inspectorate”.
Mike Jones, Chairman of the LGA’s environment and housing board, said: “Local authorities are committed to driving economic growth and this plan is clearly not the best way of achieving that aim. Taking the final decision on the building of new factories, warehouses and commercial premises away from the local people most affected by it will increase opposition to development.
“If developers want to build six football pitches’ worth of warehouses it’s only right that local people get to decide where in their town that happens.”
Developments that can be pushed through must be bigger than 430,000 sq ft, roughly the size of a big supermarket.
A spokesman for the Department of Communities and Local Government said: “Local people will absolutely have a say in shaping sustainable development in their area and will have their views heard.
“We need to ensure quicker and better planning decisions are made if we’re to create the new jobs we need.”
“So what do you think about the proposed planning changes? Do we really have any say in our towns?” asks Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.