A crossroads in UK regeneration policy
Government ministers, it would appear, have been a little spooked by opposition to their plans to simplify the planning system. This week communities secretary Eric Pickles and Chancellor George Osborne took the trouble to rebut their critics in the pages of the Financial Times.
Their worry is the growing fear, particularly in southeast England, that the enticingly-named National Planning Policy Framework will be a developers’ charter, removing local people’s rights to challenge speculative housebuilding and encroachment on the green belt. At the same time the angst in the planning profession is that the government’s neighbourhood planning