facilitating planning for LID and S-B
james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 12 21:07:12 BST 2009
Attending the Lammas appeal in Mid Wales felt like attending a Moscow show trial.
Lammas people had to jump through hoops - number of adults , skills, place of birth, dependents, income, jobs,marketing plans, cars,
designs, condition of land, farming history, relation to neighbours, alternative sites , languages spoken, etc,
If you have plenty of dosh , or are a Russian oligarch, or a landowning toff you just take out your cheque book, few or no questions asked.
Most of all no one considered the human right of Lammas people and each of us to life- which having a house represents
I recommend the related articles in the current 'Land' issue
To try to bring reality into the system we have to start somewhere and I propose the following : it is in rough draft form but I hope it gives the idea of what is needed. If it is thought to have merit we should take it further.
( in the spirit of the proposal, if you think it has no merit than suggest a better way of bringing about change.)
Democratising Planning- ‘People’not place as the central concern of development
PROPOSAL FORA HUMAN RIGHTS CLAUSE FOR USE TO PREFACE EVERY LID and self build PLANNING APPLICATION
The goal is
1 to encourage applicants for LID’s and self build to preface their applications with such a clause to educate the planners,
2 to campaign with MPs and housing lever pullers to acknowledge that the system of house provision is broken and that this is a massive breach of human rights
3 the acceptance of government that LID and self build generally is the preferred way of house provision, and
4 full government financial and planning support for LID and self build.
5 Passing a law requiring planners to pass an application in the event of the non provision of alternative arrangements acceptable to the applicants
6 implementation of this at Local Authority and RITP level.
(Proposed clause to accompany application,on the lines of )
“ The planning authority are asked to consider the following
It is my our right, as citizens to be housed to commence home-making . This is an existential human right.
Not qualifying for houses for sale at market prices (because
income is too low and have no inherited capital, own no land with or eligible for planning permission, nor owning a house in an development area with extended garden etc, Waiting lists for social houses are of many years, and are a burden on the national revenue,
I /we submit the application below,
Since all reasonable alternatives have been explored no options present themselves to us.
In the circumstances of such possible refusal , the authority as last resort inherit responsibility for provision of housing, and livelihood provision to meet the needs of the applicants as set out on the basis of the plans outlined
The……….. authority are asked to consider that in the event of refusal, the responsibility now is upon them to suggest alternative provisions acceptable to us , and in reasonable time , so that the breach of human rights which, in the absence of alternatives their refusal represents, is avoided .
Such arrangements may be ‘exceptional’ circumstances leading to passing the plans, provision of alternative sites etc…
This application represents the applicant taking responsibility to undertake self provision of housing (livelihood etc ) , and is the culmination of an extended process of (group forming , finding land, buying land, drawing up plans, detailing building regulation matters, maintaining a group together, ( forming company etc) for ….. years.
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