Margaret Greenwood MP warns of potential risks to green spaces in government's proposals to change planning law

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22 Oct 2020

There is just one week left to have your say on the government’s proposals to make major changes to planning law that could put precious green spaces in Wirral West at risk.  

The 'Planning for the future' consultation closes at 11.45pm on Thursday 29th October. Make sure you have your voice heard by contributing to the consultation via the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future 

Under the proposals in the consultation, new style local plans will divide land in England into three zones: 'growth', 'renewal' or 'protection'. 

While residents are consulted on these zones during the development of a local plan, once it is completed, local people will have very little say, and actually, in most cases, no say at all, on what gets built in growth and renewal zones.  

Protection zones, which will include green belt land and conservation areas, will continue to be subject to the current planning application process. However, it's important to note, that even if an area is designated as ‘protected’, that does not necessarily mean that there won’t be any development there – it just means there will be no automatic planning permission. 

I am deeply concerned that these proposals will put precious green spaces here in Wirral West at risk. Where a green space is in a 'growth' or 'renewal' zone, developers will, in the vast majority of cases, be able to build on these areas without the opportunity for local communities or elected councillors to object. 

These proposals are a developers' charter and remove the right of local people to challenge inappropriate developments on their doorstep. 

I would urge anyone who is worried about what these plans will mean for their local area to respond to the consultation. 


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