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A Civic Voice – New Call on Rights of Appeal - March 2015
Reports from Civic Voice have called on all political parties to make a firm commitment to introduce a “community right of appeal” into the planning process.
Powerful new alliances such as Campaign To Protect Rural England (CPRE) and National Association of Local Councils (NALC) are being formed to protect communities from bullying developers. A viable support for rights of appeal against planning decisions, which tend to ignore neighbourhood plans.
The grounds on which developers can appeal should be restricted, also a limited community right of appeal introduced. Such rights will provide safeguards for communities to be able to resist unsustainable development proposals.
Currently, budget cuts within local authorities means they are under intensifying pressure to approve large developments even if they are non compliant with neighbourhood or local plans.
According to MP Martin Horwood, huge opposition could prompt the introduction of a new right of appeal.
Grounds of appeal may consist of:
· Insufficient infrastructure
· Non compliance with government guidance
· Non compliance with local neighbouhood plan
A debate is being called for by the three organiations, (CPRE, NALC, CIVIC VOICE) joining together to ascertain the benefits of such a right.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
I. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is the nationally recognised membership body representing the interests of 9,000 local councils. They have 80,000 local councillors in England.
II. NALC’s manifesto can be found at:
For further information contact Alan Jones, 020 7290 0304
III. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) fights for a better future for the English countryside. We work locally and nationally to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. Our members are united in their love for England’s landscapes and rural communities, and stand up for the countryside, so it can continue to sustain, enchant and inspire future generations. Founded in 1926, President: Sir Andrew Motion, Patron: Her Majesty The Queen. CPRE’s manifesto can be found at:
For further information contact Benjamin Halfpenny, 020 7981 2819
IV. Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. We make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We promote civic pride. Civic Voice’s manifesto can be found at:
For further information contact Ian Harvey, 07877096968
Photograph courtesy of Julian Burge 4/6/12