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  • REGENERATING BRITAIN

    greg clarke

    LocalCouncil

    economydevelopments

    Ancient and lonely

    issue 11 OctoberInterior Desgin/Architecture

    The worlds best critics on homes

    talks business

    Regenerating Britain issue 11

    TALKS ABOUT RENOVATION

    GIVES A HELPING HAND

    BRIGHTER THE BETTER

    page 2

    page 11

    page 15

  • Planning minister Greg Clark said the changes in England were ab-solutely crucial but he also agreed to talk to opponents of the pro-posals. He said par-ticular aspects could be addressed if groups such as the National Trust felt they were unclear. Shadow communities minister Jack Dromey said he welcomed the governments willing-ness to talk. Mr Clark said the government would not back down on its aim to boost house-building and encourage business. Campaigners say they fear excessive development under the Draft National Planning Policy Framework.

    In the times of a worrying economy, local councils look increasingly to reclaiming abandoned spaces.

    But are all brown field sites suitable for redevelopment?

  • In the times of a worrying economy, local councils look increasingly to reclaiming abandoned spaces.

    But are all brown field sites suitable for redevelopment?

    The plan, published in July, streamlines policy that is currently more than 1,000 pages down to just 52 and features a presumption of

    sustainable development.The Department for Com-munities and Local Gov-ernment says it intends to transform a system whose volume and complex-ity have made planning increasingly inaccessible to all but specialists. The plan, published in July, streamlines policy that is currently more than 1,000 pages down to just 52 and features a presumption of sustainable development.

  • The Department for Communities and Local Government says it intends to transform a system whose volume and complexity have made planning in-creasingly inaccessible to all but specialists.But the National Trust said the plans failed to protect the everyday places that local communities love while the Campaign to Protect Rural England said the government needed to listen and make further improvements or the consequences for the English country-side and the character of our towns and villages will be grave.

    GOODFORBUSINESSGreg Clark defends reforms to the current systemMr Clark told the BBC it was absolutely crucial for the government to simplify planning processes so that homes could be built and to encourage

    business.Were building fewer homes than can accommodate young people that need to be housed, weve got a problem of homelessness, overcrowding, poverty as rents rise.

    For companies expanding or relocat-ing they need a new building and its crucial that when theyre thinking of Britain as a place to relocate they know they wont have to wait years with vast expense and uncertainty.The housing minister denied there would be any backtracking on the plans, despite his agreement to hold talks.He said it was quite right to consult because of the extent of the changes, and invited opponents to be very spe-cific about any concerns.Lets be forensic about this - if there are particular aspects or sentences that you dont think express clearly enough the protections that are there, then lets talk about it.

    Labours Jack Dromey wel-comed the governments decision to talk to campaign groups, but said ministers previous stance showed how out of touch they are.Labour is in favour of sus-tainable development - but what the Tory-led government are offering is a downgrading of the rules which protect our natural environment.Mr Clark also criticised the National Trust for using pictures of Los Angeles in its campaign against the plans.He said that such large-scale urban sprawl was

  • Greg Clark defends reforms to the current system

    not going to happen here and reiterated the governments commitment to protect the green belt, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Councils would also have more responsibility under the new regime - which would mean bet-ter planning decisions, argued Mr Clark.

  • Shaun Spiers, the chief executive of the Cam-paign for the Protection of Rural England, rejected Mr Clarks assurances and said the proposals would give too much say to developers.

    What the government is talking about is a presump-tion in favour of sustainable development, but if you read the National Planning Policy Framework in its draft form, what is clear is that is a presumption in favour of development, and at every point sustain-ability is undermined.

    BUILD

    What theyre really talking about is a policy of

    BUILD

    BUILDThis is about economic development. Its about prosperity over people and places.

    Peter Nixon, the National Trusts director of con-servation, welcomed Mr Clarks invitation to hold talks but also criticised the changes.He told the Times newspaper that the government had the right aspirations but the proposals cur-rently did not allow planning authorities to make decisions in a balanced way.

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