At the national level, government has made clear its intention to reform and simplify the planning system. No doubt every government has this aspiration but we should take it seriously and watch closely for changes that might have a negative impact on semi-rural areas such as ours.

One of the proposals being considered is ‘zoning’, which at the extreme could mean:

“All land in the UK should be zoned either as 'development land' or 'non-development land', with no restrictions on permitted uses on private plots of land, and development left to the market. Local plans would be turned into zoning rules, to be applied by administrators and involving no judgment of planning merits.”

While this is perhaps unlikely to come about, a helpful brief provided by a leading planning barristers’ chambers points out that the author of the report from which the above words are taken is now the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Housing and Planning, “so the underlying thinking may influence the direction of government policy and should be taken seriously.”

Thursday the 24th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template