In our local area we have noticed repeated violations and blatant disregard to planning decisions. This has allowed heavy industry to set up shop in the area, and put up buildings which break planning rulings. This is threatening to turn this rural area into an industrial park. Yet when they are challenged, the local planning authorities simply recommend applying for retrospective permission which is usually granted, with no or very little punitive measures for the initial contravention. So for the developers it is “fait accomplis”, with their worst case scenario being that they would have to remove the offending structure. This is not just a local issue, but is a national problem.
The Government has been using a new strategy whereby it is asking Communities to have their input and say on planning matters. So, let’s give the Government what it wants by showing it what we want.
Please take a look at this e-petition set up by Andy Philpott, a concerned resident of our Parish, which seeks to plug this huge loophole in the planning process. When it reaches enough signatures it will be considered by Parliament. There is a long way to go, so if you value the quality of the area you live in, please sign. And please encourage others to take a look also. Please feel free to use Facebook, any other contacts to let people know of this very important issue regarding retrospective planning and other planning problems. .
Let’s plug that planning loophole together as a Community!! Herewith the link to click on to: