The Community Voice on Planning held its conference last October:
Futures Forum: Community Voice on Planning: National Conference report >>> exploring the mess that is the current planning system
It is busy... planning:
On Saturday, it launches a campaign:
NATIONAL PLANNING CAMPAIGNERS MONTH OF ACTION
23 MAR 2017
“A national group representing community groups throughout England launches its “Month of Action” in April with a big rally in Manchester on April 1st.
CoVoP, which represents more than 100 campaigning groups, was formed to protect green spaces perceived to be under threat throughout the country.
Last year CoVoP members held a “Day of Action” but this year April has been designated the “Month of Action”.
Affiliated groups throughout England will be participating in various activities and the launch event on April 1st will be in Manchester. It is expected that thousands will attend a rally organised by the Save Greater Manchester Greenbelt alliance.
Cheryl Tyler, Chairman of Community Voice on Planning (CoVoP), attacked the long-awaited white paper, “Fixing Our Broken Housing Market” as short on detail and soft on developers.
“It is very disappointing that having waited so long for a sensible document this falls far short of our hoped-for expectations. It does not address the fundamental issues people up and down the country are experiencing, leaving them vulnerable to unscrupulous developers”. She added that “members are extremely frustrated” by the lack of understanding of the concerns of communities”.
These issues include:
• Local Plans failing to take into account empty properties sometimes abandoned for years that could be put back into use.
• Permissions being granted on appeal for greenfield sites outside of local plans
• Not doing enough for urban regeneration but allowing green fields and the greenbelt to be developed preferentially.
Cheryl Tyler says “The government must listen to the voice of the people and realise that the National Planning Policy Framework requires urgent reform to rebalance the needs of communities and the interests of developers”.
For more information about CoVoP: http://www.covop.org
National planning campaigners month of action | East Devon Watch
Futures Forum: A solution to our housing problems: Get local councils and housing associations to build more homes
Futures Forum: How much space do you have to live in? ... for/against minimum space standards for private housing
And from 2014:
Futures Forum: Identifying housing 'need' in the West Country... "Broken Market, Broken Dreams"