retrospective planning permission

David Bangs dave.bangs at
Mon Feb 22 08:56:47 GMT 2010

I worry about how the Tory change may affect travellers and some other groups, but welcome further control on much covert not-so-low-impact development. Such developments need to be under proper democratic control.

There's another side to this issue which is not to do with the strategies of poor people. On my local Downs a farm converted a long barn into homes for sale without planning permission, which it sought - and got - retrospectively. Not so far away a spanking new golf course built its new club house on a site footprint different from that for which they had obtained planning permission. They then obtained it retrospectively. 

I don't think that anyone except the desperate have the right to subvert wider democratic consideration (however inadequate) of their developments, which may impact on areas where public resources (particularly in landscape, biodiversity, cultural heritage) are sensitive and vulnerable,

Dave Bangs

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave S 
  To: diggers350 at 
  Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2010 7:21 PM
  Subject: Re: [diggers350] Tories planning to make squatting a criminal offence

  On Saturday 20 Feb 2010, Marky B wrote:
  > Squatting under threat...
  > Ref:

  Anyone got any idea how this...

  "Curtail the ability to apply for retrospective planning permission. This will 
  stop the practice of people laying down concrete on weekends or bank holidays 
  and then putting in a planning application (currently, planning enforcement 
  cannot commence whilst an application is pending).
  Our promise to limit the concept of retrospective planning permission will 
  also ensure that another route by which the planning system has been abused by 
  those seeking to use unauthorised sites will be curtailed."

  ... is likely to affect retrospective planning applications for low-impact 
  residential permaculture projects?

  Are those also likely to be targeted? Or are the Tories now "greened up" 
  enough (pah!) that they are only likely to target this kind of thing at 
  travellers, and will overlook genuine low-impact development?

  Perhaps a silly question really (what with all politicians being self-serving 
  bastards anyway), but as someone who will be going the self-build low-impact 
  retrospective route in the next year or two, it concerns me greatly.

  (Not that the rest of it doesn't concern me greatly as well, mind!)



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