Thank you for contacting me regarding planning reforms.
I welcome the Government recently announcing that all new streets are to be tree-lined, along with an ambition that new homes are carbon neutral but remain concerned over the robustness of green field protections; in the Crawley area context especially regarding proposals by Homes England to build some 10,000 housing units west of Ifield, which would be very detrimental.
As this legislation comes before Parliament you can be assured that I will closely scrutinise the measures.
This is an issue I have discussed with CPRE Sussex and the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Please be assured of my continued attention.
Henry Smith MP
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Dear Henry Smith MP,
As a constituent of yours, I am writing to you today to share my concerns about the proposals set out by the government in its recent ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper and ‘Changes to the current planning system’ paper, both of which are out for consultation.
I am concerned that these proposals would:
1. Reduce local democracy in the planning system
2. Fail to deliver high-quality homes that people can afford to live in
3. Lead to the loss of countryside and accessible green spaces
I am a supporter of CPRE, the countryside charity and believe that a fit-for-purpose planning system is an essential component of sustainable development, including community cohesion and a healthy environment. The right development has the potential to deliver social equity and sustainable economic growth, as well as meeting our climate and ecological ambitions.
You can find a briefing written by CPRE outlining why these proposals are a problem here: www.cpre.org.uk/CPRE-PWP_briefing-Sept-2020
I would be interested to hear what you think about these proposals, and ask if you would be willing to organise a debate in parliament, giving you and your colleagues an opportunity to discuss the concerns I, and I am sure many others, have raised about the proposals.
Richard W. Symonds
2 Lychgate Cottages