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16th July Britain’s leading Conservative blog for news, comment, analysis and campaigns

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Javid is set for the mother and father of all dust-ups with Conservative-controlled councils, whose fear of the Party’s collective leadership …. the Communities Secretary “is ready to ‘shame’ some council leaders into owning up to housing needs”

16th July Guardian-Countryside in crisis: why rural Britain needs a new deal

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Brexit … is also likely to bring to a head issues concerning the fabric of rural life that have long been unravelling.

Biodiversity and Planning in Sussex

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Sussex Wildlife Trust have produced a really useful guidance document for those concerned about the environmental impact of development in Sussex; and there are dozens of links to further information: find here.

UK for sale?

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Guardian 17th March 2017

Tory revolt as house building drive risks impacting Forest that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Telegraph 4th March 2017

Times 6th March 2017


High Court vindication for planning committee decision – Council – Wealden District Council

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017


Councillors lament lack of localism in planning system (thank you David Connoley)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017


Councillors have lamented the lack of local democracy in house planning, with a majority warning that the system leans too far in the favour of housing developers at the cost of local communities, a survey has revealed.

A survey of over 1,200 ward councillors in England carried out by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), and commissioned by the conservation charity the National Trust, has revealed that councillors believe the current planning system does not consider the wishes of councils and communities as much as it should.

Councillors have warned against the current system with over half of those surveyed advising that planning departments are not adequately resourced and that sites are being improved for new housing despite not being in line with the local plan, including sites on green belt land.

“The planning system is one of the fundamental pillars of local democracy, allowing communities to help shape the physical structure of the places they live,” said Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the LGiU.

“Councillors are the most important link between communities and that system. Our survey with the National Trust shows that many councillors feel that this democratic tool is at risk of being undermined.”

The survey revealed ongoing councillor reservations about the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), with only 18% of councillors feeling that design has improved since it was introduced. The NPPF was criticised by the CLG Select Committee as long ago as 2014 for failing to protect against unsustainable development and was earmarked for a comprehensive overview in April last year.

Particularly, councillors have raised concerns about the loosening of the planning system permitted by the NPPF such as the introduction of permitted development rights for home extensions, office to residential use conversions and other changes of use. Approximately 60% of councillors believe that due to the framework, green belt land is at risk of being allocated for housing by their councils within the next five years.

The results of the survey come as the government prepares to announce its housing white paper in response to the growing problems in ensuring a sufficient number of homes nationwide, particularly affordable homes.

Ingrid Samuel, historic environment director at the National Trust, declared it “worrying” that councillors feel that the NPPF hasn’t delivered the localism that was promised despite almost five years having passed since its introduction.

“If ministers are serious about local plans being at the heart of the planning system, then they should invest in council planning teams and use the Housing White Paper to give them the tools to deliver good quality housing in the right places,” Samuel said.

The LGiU and the National Trust expressed hopes that the government will use the paper to improve council confidence in the planning system, instead of setting rigid housing numbers which do not consider local factors such as areas of outstanding national beauty.

Their suggestions for steps the government could take included more resources for local planning authorities, stronger government backing for councils setting design standards, and an increased ability for councils to recognise local constraints and focus development appropriately.

What is sustainable development

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

What is sustainable development

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in many different ways, but at its core is an approach to development that looks to balance different, and often competing, needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society.

All too often, development is driven by one particular need, without fully considering the wider or future impacts. We are already seeing the damage this kind of approach can cause, from large-scale financial crises caused by irresponsible banking, to changes in global climate resulting from our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy sources. The longer we pursue unsustainable development, the more frequent and severe its consequences are likely to become, which is why we need to take action now.


Grist to the Mill

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

14022017 Council wins fight to stop new housing development in Yetminster 14th Feb 2017 News from Dorset councils

07022017 Housing white paper: Was it worth the wait? Politics Home 7th Feb 2017

07022017 Housing White Paper paves the way for better ancient woodland protection Politics Home 7th Feb 2017

03022017 ‘Do we really need so many new houses‘ – radio4  3rd Feb 2017 at 7.30am

01012017 ‘UK countryside at risk in rush to declare Britain open for business‘ – Guardian 1st Jan 2017

01012017 ‘Tory rural raid will ruin countryside, says Andrew Motion’ – Guardian 1st Dec 2016

31122016 ‘Building in the most scenic parts of Britain‘ (article in The Times)

31122016 ‘Development Hell‘  (article in The Times)

30122016 ‘Making a statement about the countryside‘ John Gummer ‘Country Life’ 30th Nov 2016

“…these homes need to be in town and not slurped over the countryside as many of the house builders want. Sustainable housing means reusing already used land, in well-connected urban centres, close to amenities, shops and jobs.”


16122016 Parish Council Election Results:

Bom 140, Deane 173, French 126, Jones 95, Knill 196, Pope 218, Ritchie 185.
Turn out of 27.8%
Deane, Knill, Ritchie and Pope are elected.
Big thanks to all candidates and congratulations to those elected.

25112016 Parish Council Elections are taking place on Dec 15th. Polling cards will be delivered on Dec 8thList of Candidates.

17112016 Hampshire homes blocked because of ‘gap’ conflict

Communities Secretary dismisses plans for up to 225 homes and a care home on a greenfield site in Hampshire due to environmental and social risks

Neighbourhood plan concerns help sink Hereford and Cheshire housing schemes

Communities Secretary refuses a development in Bartestree for 100 homes and separately a 200 home scheme in Sandbach, both were in conflict with neighbourhood plans…

Here’s a miserable insight into why many resident’s objections to planning applications fail.

For your amusement, an extract from Betjeman’s ‘The Executive’:


I do some mild developing. The sort of place I need
Is a quiet country market town that’s rather run to seed
A luncheon and a drink or two, a little savoir faire –
I fix the Planning Officer, the Town Clerk and the Mayor.

And if some Preservationist attempts to interfere
A ‘dangerous structure’ notice from the Borough Engineer
Will settle any buildings that are standing in our way –
The modern style, sir, with respect, has really come to stay.


BBC Radio 4 – A Point of View – Roger Scruton’s

How Should We Build?


Some great work by CPRE Kent – legal battle over a site in Dover in the

AONB has been successful……



03102016 Sajid Javid attacks ‘nimbyism’ as he calls for 1m new homes

WDC view of East Hoathly in 1998

East Hoathly Conservation Area before the recent chop

East Hoathly Conservation Area after the recent chop

14092016 World at One – Lavenham Housing

15092016 World at One – Lavenham Housing

16092016 World at One – Lavenham Housing