It's all too late

SO local MP Harriett Baldwin is finally making noises about planning.

Unfortunately, it is too little, too late. The reality is that our rural landscape is under attack as a result of Conservative national planning policy and the failures of local Tory administrations.

Tories control the three south Worcestershire councils and the SWDP process. Their mismanagement has let everyone down.

Local Tories delayed the process before the last election because they hoped Labour’s regionally dictated housing targets would be scrapped and that a Tory Minister would put planning decisions back in local hands. They have been sorely disappointed.

Thanks to Mr Pickles and the National Planning Policy Framework, developers in Malvern Hills can expect to get planning permission for almost any housing development. If councils turn applications down, planning inspectors are very likely to give permission on appeal because the council can’t demonstrate a five-year development land supply.

The national inspector rejected the SWDP in September stating that housing numbers are too low. We now face at least a year of open season for landowners and developers before the plan is agreed and in place. It makes a mockery of the localism that Tory ministers claim drives their planning policy.

Yes we need more housing – particularly affordable housing – but not anywhere, at any price.

Most villages can accept a modest amount of development but what we are seeing will totally change the character of rural settlements. Who benefits? Not local communities, that’s for sure.

CATHY JACKSON-READ Political spokesperson for West Worcestershire Liberal Democrats

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6:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

THE FACTS says...

Why do we need more housing? Isnt everybody today in a house?

And in the last 20 years England has never managed to build half of its own gov TARGET OF HOMES.

House prices are high because THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN ENGLAND. A recent announcement stated we are the most densely populated country in Europe.

We dont need any more
Why do we need more housing? Isnt everybody today in a house? And in the last 20 years England has never managed to build half of its own gov TARGET OF HOMES. House prices are high because THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN ENGLAND. A recent announcement stated we are the most densely populated country in Europe. We dont need any more THE FACTS
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9:41am Thu 23 Jan 14

thebleedingobvious says...

Hallelujah. At last, an intelligent and succint comment on the subject...even if it is a case of seizing an opportunity to points score off the "opposition".

MHDC and their counterparts have unfortunately left local communities wide-open and without defence. Whilst the ineptitude is clear, the planning departments themselves have been left up the proverbial creek without a paddle by the incompetents running the councils.

My only hope remains that the buffoons who have created this mess have a large, sparkly new housing estate dumped on their doorstep.
Hallelujah. At last, an intelligent and succint comment on the subject...even if it is a case of seizing an opportunity to points score off the "opposition". MHDC and their counterparts have unfortunately left local communities wide-open and without defence. Whilst the ineptitude is clear, the planning departments themselves have been left up the proverbial creek without a paddle by the incompetents running the councils. My only hope remains that the buffoons who have created this mess have a large, sparkly new housing estate dumped on their doorstep. thebleedingobvious
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10:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

Karl Hunderson says...

THE FACTS wrote:
Why do we need more housing? Isnt everybody today in a house?

And in the last 20 years England has never managed to build half of its own gov TARGET OF HOMES.

House prices are high because THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN ENGLAND. A recent announcement stated we are the most densely populated country in Europe.

We dont need any more
According to government statistic there were 56,000 families living in temporary accommodation so, no, everybody isn't in a house.
[quote][p][bold]THE FACTS[/bold] wrote: Why do we need more housing? Isnt everybody today in a house? And in the last 20 years England has never managed to build half of its own gov TARGET OF HOMES. House prices are high because THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN ENGLAND. A recent announcement stated we are the most densely populated country in Europe. We dont need any more[/p][/quote]According to government statistic there were 56,000 families living in temporary accommodation so, no, everybody isn't in a house. Karl Hunderson
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1:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mr Analysis says...

Why would rich want more houses, that means cheaper housing so less likely to find buyers for there own stock of housing, or worse the price of there homes will go down!

It's no shock mismanagement my **** it's planned they are not going to shoot themselves in the foot are they.
Why would rich want more houses, that means cheaper housing so less likely to find buyers for there own stock of housing, or worse the price of there homes will go down! It's no shock mismanagement my **** it's planned they are not going to shoot themselves in the foot are they. Mr Analysis
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