Green belt fears on planning reform
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.