This week I have spent time speaking to three households in huge distress about planning applications in their road. Obviously house design is a personal matter but I have come to the conclusion that many of the extensions going up are really far too large for our area. To make matters worse, they are often not being designed by residents trying to make their home right for their family, but by small scale developers and the building process can be somewhat haphazard with no pressure to ‘get the job done’. Often extensions are built right up to the boundary which will lead to lots of problems with maintenance in the future and there is no requirement for high environmental standards.
What is more, people are blighted by ‘boomerang planning’, where they breathe a sigh of relief when one ridiculous plan is rejected only to find another plan turn up a week later, leading to an endless cycle of stress and upset.
We need a complete overhaul of planning legislation to protect people’s local environments.
We also need much more local control of what it put on these huge new estates we all see going up around us, but that is another story.
By the way.. there is a planning meeting Thursday, February 11: Planning Committee will meet at 6.30pm. Find out more on RBC website. This meeting will be live streamed for the public to view on our YouTube channel.