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Update April 2015

Date: 20/4/2015

The April e-bulletin sent to all POS members is now available here


Breaking News ...

... in the run-up to the general election the parties have identified in their manifestos their intended approach to planning matters in a new government. The following is a summary of some of the pledges.

  • The Conservatives have stated they will:
    • Protect the environment and Green Belt in the planning system
    • Spend more than £3bn to 2020 improving the environment
    • Phase out subsidies for new onshore wind farms and give local authorities in England the "decisive say" on where wind farms are built
    • 200,000 homes built for first-time buyers aged under 40, at 20% discount
  • Labour have said their main pledges are:
    • Reduce carbon emissions generated during electricity production to zero by 2030
    • Prioritise flood prevention
    • Get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020
    • Prioritise local first-time buyers in new housing areas
    • Prioritise capital investment in housing to build more affordable homes.
  • The Liberal Democrats have pledged to:
    • Increase housebuilding to 300,000 a year
    • Set in motion at least 10 new Garden Cities
    • Plant 750,000 trees a year
    • Work to restore habitats for bees and other wildlife
  • UKIP have said they will:
    • Protect greenbelt by making it easier to build on previously developed land
    • Require every major planning decision - including supermarket developments, wind turbines, incinerators and major housing developments -  to be put to a binding local referendum
    • Repeal the Climate Change Act 2008
  • See the Society's news releases on aspects of the manifestos
 >> read more from the BBC website

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