The planning laws are being reformed in the wrong direction

Eric Pickles’s announcement yesterday aimed to embed in the planning system a presumption in favour of development, combined with proposals to speed up the planning approval process for major infrastructure projects. But that misses the  the real flaws in the planning framework — that it is already massively tilted in favour of corporate power and against democracy. The developer almost always and inevitably gets their way whilst even the most resolute and determined objectors are virtually always forced to concede. The odds are already stacked so unevenly, yet the government ignores it. Continue reading