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Area At Risk From Nightmare Planning Change

November 9, 2020 11:56 PM
By Fabio Bonfante

Our community and our country has been through the mill in the last few months , thanks to COVID-19 and the economic fallout it has caused. We have all been affected and our hearts go out to those who have suffered and lost loved ones in this awful pandemic.

Yet our Government, whose poor decisions have made an awful situation worse, have decided now is the time to radically change the planning system to allow the government to dictate to local authorities how much housing they must deliver over the next ten years, a developer's charter.

What that means is your local council and elected councillors will have no real say in significant changes to your area.

The list of changes and the likely damage they might cause is long but some of the proposals stand out as particularly worrying: No planning permission will be needed to repurpose commercial buildings as housing and any two storey house may be extended upwards by two storeys without needing a planning application. Locally this may result in denser housing development, of poorer quality, placing more strain on already overused, roads, schools and surgeries. If the Government get their way there would be no way of stoppng it.

Your Lib Dem team have already begun fighting this nightmare . We will do whatever we can to stop it.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and if you would like to contact me you can do so anytime at

We would love to hear your thoughts.

Very Best Wishes

David Payne, Fabio Bonfante, Bradley Davis

Liberal Democrat Activist in Goffs Oak and Bury Green.