Calls in Brighton for government to end 'development by stealth'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Development
Green councillors in Brighton are supporting calls by residents worried about government changes to the planning system which "cuts out local democracy from the process".
In a motion being presented at a council meeting today, Greens will argue that the government should “respect our communities and local democratic decision-making on planning matters”.
The move follows growing anxiety among residents’ groups that the council is forced into granting permission for some developments, as the applicant will win on appeal.
Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, chair of the planning committee, and proposer of the motion, said: “The cornerstone of the planning system has been that decisions are taken locally by councillors accountable to local people, and with the input of residents.
“However, the Tories’ deregulation of planning means that residents are being cut out of the process, protections for the environment are being reduced and we’re getting development by stealth.
“The government’s insistence that every piece of land should be up for grabs is a cause for huge concern for us as councillors as much as it is for our communities.
“In our motion to full council we set out how share our communities’ concerns. We are opposed to the increased powers that developers and large land owners gain through the government’s National Planning Policy Framework.
"We are calling on Eric Pickles and Nick Boles to insist that they hand planning controls back to the city’s communities served by them and the city’s environment protected by them.
“I urge the other parties to support residents’ calls to end this free for all.”