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Jennings: 'People are tired of being duped by developers'


I entirely agree with the thrust of this piece but a few things are worth noting. I don’t think it’s fair to describe the online planning portal as either “labyrinthine” or “complicated”; every single planning authority in the country puts online every document for every application - all you need do is google planning and the name of the council. Yes, you do need to know the site address ideally or the ref number, and know that the design and access statement is a good place to start, but you can then submit an online comment which will be considered. Some councils, including mine, have a registration facility so you are automatically notified of new, local applications but since many of us will also want to know about other places, i.e. where we work, there could usefully be a single site for that. But it’s worth knowing the Corporation of London publishes every new application in summary in the Evening Standard each Tuesday. But maybe you DO need to notice signs the pinned to lampposts near proposed sites, as I do, since whilst it’s arguably a Catch-22, often people simply aren’t interested in planning, even big projects. Trust me, I’ve seen it.

Posted date

26 August, 2015

Posted time

5:42 pm