New planning rules would be devastating, says Bournemouth Civic Society

THE government’s plans to relax planning rules have been deemed “daft and potentially devastating” by the Bournemouth Civic Society.

Chair Ken Mantock has voiced fears the proposed planning reforms would lead to town cramming and could hit the resort’s tourism if cliff top hotels are allowed to be converted into flats.

The Bournemouth Civic Society is backing the Civic Society’s campaign to try and get the government to withdraw its proposals, which include measures to allow home owners to build larger extensions without the need for planning permission and a relaxation of permitted development rules.

Mr Mantock said he hoped the proposals would be withdrawn or heavily modified.

“There’s little chance that localism and Big Society, laudable in their aim, will ever be more than words if the government keeps undermining local communities and local councils by its sledgehammer approach to planning.”

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1:02pm Wed 14 Nov 12

BmthNewshound says...

Bournemouth Civic Society have very little influence as is evident by the amount of inappropriate development in the town.
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Bournemouth Council don't care about the impact of property development on neighbouring properties or the wider neighbourhood - that is apart from Talbot Woods. The character of Alum Chine has been ruined by the number of poorly designed, low quality blocks of apartments aimed at the buy to let market. Many of the apartment blocks built across the town in the past decade are already looking tired and in need of maintenance.
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Bournemouth Council planning decisions are often based on who is applying rather than on the merits or otherwise of the proposed development. The impact of the proposed reforms will be minimal compared to the poor judgement and decision making skills demonstrated by Bournemouth planning chiefs.
Bournemouth Civic Society have very little influence as is evident by the amount of inappropriate development in the town. . Bournemouth Council don't care about the impact of property development on neighbouring properties or the wider neighbourhood - that is apart from Talbot Woods. The character of Alum Chine has been ruined by the number of poorly designed, low quality blocks of apartments aimed at the buy to let market. Many of the apartment blocks built across the town in the past decade are already looking tired and in need of maintenance. . Bournemouth Council planning decisions are often based on who is applying rather than on the merits or otherwise of the proposed development. The impact of the proposed reforms will be minimal compared to the poor judgement and decision making skills demonstrated by Bournemouth planning chiefs. BmthNewshound

1:29pm Wed 14 Nov 12

speedy231278 says...

People who might make money out of planning applications shouldn't be allowed to, say people with no money to make out of planning applications.
People who might make money out of planning applications shouldn't be allowed to, say people with no money to make out of planning applications. speedy231278

2:01pm Wed 14 Nov 12

jobsworthwatch says...

The current planning rules are devastating the town!
The planning buck should stop at the town hall not with some jumped up super jobsworth outside of the borough which has resulted in out of control over development. This town is full!
The current planning rules are devastating the town! The planning buck should stop at the town hall not with some jumped up super jobsworth outside of the borough which has resulted in out of control over development. This town is full! jobsworthwatch

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