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Relentless push for development is destroying rural Dacorum

February 21, 2021 10:37 PM

Why does the housing secretary think a zoning system from the Wild West will work for local neighbourhoods in thrall to the housing secretary?

Oh.

Letter to The Guardian 210221In The Guardian (17th February 2021) "The government's relentless push for development is destroying rural England" Professor Ros Coward writes:

"the housing secretary still wants to impose a controversial American system of zoning along with a presumption in favour of development. The proposals are scarily anti-democratic. Housing targets will be imposed by central government and local input sidelined. Yet the housing developments championed by Jenrick do nothing to increase the number of affordable homes."

Dacorum Lib Dem Borough Councillors welcome the article, which illuminates the government's failing planning policy and the absence of a national voice on the matter, and have written to The Guardian Letters page, to back the call for a campaign to emerge on this matter before it is too late.

Meet the need for housing not the demand from developers!

We welcome the article by Professor Ros Coward (The government's relentless push for development is destroying rural England 17th February), which illuminates the government's failing planning policy and the absence of a national voice on the matter.

After the Ministry of Housing and Local Government's announcement of 16th December revising the Standard Method by dropping the 'mutant algorithm', we wrote to our MPs, Sir Mike Penning and Gagan Mohindra, and the Minister. We are still waiting for a response to the following pertinent questions:

You can read the Prof. Ros Coward article here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/17/development-destroying-rural-england-action