This will be a disaster for the construction industry (I count architects as part of it). Even if the restrictions are lifted relatively soon (ie in three months), who is going to have the money to carry out any projects?
I wonder why comment was declined regarding schemes passed on appeal? There are numerous developments which have been rejected on very good grounds by the LA, only to be overturned by a planning inspector with no local knowledge whose brief is to get as much housing built as possible, no matter what the standard.
Villages and small towns are being subsumed by badly designed and shoddily built modern slums, which have no local facilities and mean that everyone has to drive. The traffic blight, pressure on local services and infrastructure (transport, doctors and schools for example) ruins the environment for everyone.
The problem lies with the unmanaged increase in population - these people have to live somewhere and unfortunately it is at the expense of good design, quality of life, and the natural world.
All governments of whatever colour do not want to address the elephant in the room - overpopulation.
Is there a list of convictions they are going to publish so architects know how to break the law without incurring the wrath of the ARB? Protesting is one thing, making a public nuisance of himself, refusing to obey a police officer and getting a criminal conviction as a result is quite another. As an architect, I do not want the profession associated with criminals.
Please no. That thing looks like a toast rack and will ruin a precious and very small green space.
Different design, somewhere else!
Someone's dumped a load of boxes onto a field.