Seems that the latest government move to give greater flexibilities for change of use in the planning process has the NPA in a right lather!
(Perhaps this is why the NPA brought forward the LCA policy consultation to be adopted by the authority from December 2013 to next week's authority meeting? )
Authority member, John Sanger said in this week's Lymington Times:
"we are petrified - it isn't just an objection", he said. "It's a real worry".
Steve Avery, Director of Park Services, states the new rights would "fundamently undermine" its [NPA] role.
A report (NFNPA PDCC 144/13) from the Planning, Development Control Meeting 17 September 2013 states “The Authority strongly objects to these proposed new permitted development rights and makes the case for a full exemption to apply in National Parks”
Use the online response questionnaire here - recommended. Everybody can use this - it is not just for businesses, local authorities or charities. If you are a resident then use the "other" box to describe your interest, i.e.'resident'
Closing date: 15 October 2013
We see this as the very best opportunity for New Forest residents to influence the outcome.
Here is an interesting letter from the Deputy Mayor of Lynton & Lynmouth Town Council, North Devon to Prime Minister David Cameron about "Rural Town Survival". CLICK HERE TO READ
Westminster Hall Debate 11 September 2013 - National Parks Planning Policy
If you don't have time to read the entire debate (it is recommended that you do!) here are a couple of quotes:
Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) (Con): “the Minister should merge the national park and local authority planning functions, thereby saving a vast amount of public money and applying greater consistency to the planning process, which ratepayers will appreciate” [One Voice has advocated this ever since the NPA was installed and subsequently highjacked the New Forest District Council planning department.]
Key points the Planning Minister (Nick Boles) will consider:
“One of those issues would be the balance between growth, economic and social development and the protection of the landscape, and whether current legislation properly captures what we are trying to achieve and what communities in national parks want.
Another would be whether the current arrangements for national parks planning policy fully reflect the desire for a more localist planning policy.
Also, perhaps we might explore whether, through some of the methods suggested by my hon. Friend the Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and other hon. Members, decisions could be made more accountable, transparent and responsive to local conditions. That would be a constructive step.”
A good opportunity to give your views and comments on the future of the PFE. Complete the online survey and be part of the conversation - we need a positive legacy for generations to come! Closing date 25 September 2013.
ONE VOICE, New Forest
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