Mr Nadhim Zahawi MP has strongly criticised the resulting effects of the Government’s changes to the Planning rules and says that they are causing ” massive, irreversible damage to the countryside”, and that rural communities are “under siege ” by “rapacious developers “.
Does that sound familiar to you ?
It is believed that Mr Cameron is not pleased by this strong intervention by a member of the No 10 Policy Board. Mr Boles has already rejected his criticism, so no surprises there then. Mr Zahawi also added that, – “The defining legacy of this Government would be physical harm to the countryside”.
If you want to read the full Daily Telegraph article then it is at this link
Further to the above, the undeniable elephant in the drawing room is the FLOODING problem associated with mass house building of the kind being encouraged by the Government. Our climate may well be changing but the results of higher rainfall are made much worse by relaxing the rules on Planning and allowing the building of new houses on Flood Plains. A reader of this blog, Mr Nick Harvey has sent in this very useful link to a BBC news item on the disarray in Government on this issue. There is also a very useful Daily Telegraph article concerning the fact that many new houses have already been built in flood risk areas against the EA advice. Surely the Government is responsible for this disastrous situation because they should have ensured that EA advice cannot be ignored. The link is here.
As a final piece of information, please take the time to read this document which anyone can find on the website of the Association of British Insurers (ABI). It is so clear about the precautionary principle when allowing house building that it is staggering that Local Authorities appear to have ignored its advice. The document is here:-ABI-Flood-risketc
Perhaps we should all email this document to our District Councillors and MPs and demand that they should consider local residents BEFORE they consider already rich and powerful developers.