Green belt fears on plan­ning re­form

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

A FRESH Gov­ern­ment as­sault on plan­ning rules could make it harder for res­i­dents to ob­ject to new developments and may en­cour­age coun­cils to al­low build­ing on green­belt land, say ru­ral cam­paign­ers.

David Cameron and Ge­orge Os­borne in­sist that more changes were ur­gently needed as part of a pack­age of re­forms to restart growth in Bri­tain’s econ­omy.

Leg­is­la­tion expected next month will pro­pose to speed up the plan­ning process by curb­ing res­i­dents’ abil­ity to protest against new developments and giv­ing them less time to ap­peal.

Mr Os­borne high­lighted moves by coun­cils to al­low build­ing on green­belt land, which is then re­placed with other land newly clas­si­fied as part of the green belt.

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