is something which changes the people you see in the tv news. It doesn't work
the same way in planning - where it's what you know which matters more.
Even if every single resident were to take part in the new
District Local Plan - Issues and Options consultation (July 9, 2021 to
September 3, 2021) and if they all indicated they didn't want a new town to be
built - here in East Chiltington or anywhere else either - there's no guarantee
that's what would happen. Despite those reservations - a high level of resident
participation is one way of applying democratic pressure and influential
Planning??? - 3 new guidesZsolt Kerekes - editor,
June 1, 2021
I didn't want to write this
You don't want to read
Grasslands didn't ask Eton for death by concrete
power. Time to
new (satnav-busting) Local Plan
That sequence just
about sums it up.
Another load of stuff which you'd rather not spend
the rest of your life trying to understand - but on the other hand - you need
enough survivor skills to navigate your way safely through. Or face questions
"Grandma, Grandad - why do all the new films about the
Battle of Britain have CGI when they show the spitfires flying over the fields
- instead of real fields like they used to in the old days?"
Dear - partly it's health and safety - because there aren't that many of those
old planes still working any more and it's dangerous to fly them, but mostly
it's because there isn't any real countryside left."
bombed? By Hitler? Is it all just big craters now?"
Dear. It's complicated. Why don't we watch a nice scary film about Aliens
stop the need for CGI countryside in future films
3 new resource guides on Planning???
your voice heard! - from Don't
Urbanise the Downs is a civilian's guide to the planning process in Lewes
with a lookahead to a 2 month long
process starting July 9th.
Ostensibly this "consultation" is a democratic process to
help planners decide the public's mood and preferences between a small number
of large land plots like the Eton site or a large number of small plots.
comments:- useful - from the viewpoint of residents who want their views to
carry weight - the DUTD article has useful links you can click on to keep in
touch and take part,
- The Local Plan
A Brief Synopsis by Eton-Welbeck - is a well written and detailed guide
- as you'd expect from this experienced land promoter company.
not so brief Synopsis - explains (among other things) what were the
gaps and loopholes in the current planning framework which made it attractive
for them to launch their self described "speculative planning application"
for the Eton new town at this point in time. And it includes flowcharts which
outline the planning process.
comments:- This is a "must read" document if you're determined to
invest tens more hours of your life trying to understand the planning labyrinth
and how it relates to the inclusion or exclusion of new towns in the mix. But
it's only the start of a long journey. Summaries by campaign groups and the
press may provide enough explanation of these iterative and unpredictable
processes for most people.
The authors - Eton-Welbeck - have had
plenty of time to work on this professionally crafted document. It's now
thought that Eton-Welbeck may have been in discussions with LDC
planners about the Eton new town concept for about 12 months - before
it became publicly known to East Chiltington residents in February 2021.
Later:- you can't keep a
good developer out of an objector meeting. During the zoom meeting there was a
question by a representative from Eton Welbeck. And then the questions on how to
defeat them stopped. More on this later.
about developments in your area is an upcoming webinar - taking place on
Monday, 7th June, 4-6pm.
"CPRE Sussex and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Partnership are jointly running a webinar on how to make your views known on
planning applications and proposed site allocations, and how to pursue these
representations at appeal."
neighbourhood planning is far from perfect.... Over-ridden plans can cause
resentment and loss of trust. They can also fail to capture a communitys
experience and aspirations. One member of a group
closely with for some years
after the plan was complete that - I just can't see anything of us in
there. It's like a document from the council, it doesn't feel like our town."|
- Research Fellow, Lancaster University - in his article
to UK planning threaten communities' rights (June 25, 2021).|
I'm just a simple
writer who doesn't
understand these things - so I asked some
goblin developers I know
how they might solve these problems.
flooding? - Concerned about flooding risks from hard landscaping in
the Eton new town? No problem - we'll scoop out that dip in Novington Lane
under the railway bridge and build a marina.
transport? - Who likes Brighton
anyway? No - seriously - we love it. Great Blighton was a contender in the
shortlist. Infrastructurewise - we're going to connect the North Barnes
Canal through the Novington tunnel. And we'll have cycle tracks on both sides
so that no one has to pedal uphill if they just want to get to civilization.
One of the lessons learned from the covid lockdowns was... wait for it - we
don't need schools. Every house will get a free connection to community
broadband - and every room will have USB charging points.
- This was a tricky one. We're in consultation with
SDNP to install sunlight capable
projectors. Coupled with the special paint on the new buildings - will make
the view look almost exactly the same for anyone looking down. (We can make
it look better too.)
Noise? - Did I forget to say - the new
paint is noise absorbant. But we're not just relying on that.
is giving us a good deal on
noise cancellation - originally designed to make helicopters whisper
quiet. So - that recycling of cold war technology is saving the taxpayer
Sheep, lambs, cows? - Protestors ask - where are they
going to graze? Our ecological report proves that everyone living in the new
town will be vegetarians - so we won't need to maintain those obsolete and cruel
farming practises any more. And farm animals are responsible for most global
QED. So that's another environmental reason for getting rid of the fields. Not
all though. We're setting some aside - as car parks for the Rural
Experience Visitors Centre.
now let's get serious...
|"After spending years
participating in the plan making process the local community still has little
or no idea about what is going to be built in their area and... after
spending a lot of time and money developers are often still very unsure about
what the outcome of a planning application will be." - said the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors (3.36)|
strengthen neighbourhood plans, the
National Association of Local Councils
stated that neighbourhood plans should also cover historical assets as well as
land use. They also stressed the importance of certainty, noting that many
communities had been "crushed" when their plans were overturned
for providing insufficient housing land or numbers." (3.51)
|Quotes above are from -
Plans - chapter 3 - The future of the planning system in England -
Parliamentary Report (June 10, 2021)|
Downs Eton by dog
|"...it is perfectly
possible for different people to reach different conclusions regarding the same
development proposal. When a planning application is being prepared, it is
therefore crucial that time is spent to make sure that the benefits of the
proposal are maximised as much as they can be, while any harms are minimised as
far as possible. The application should also clearly set out what the
development plan says, what the
considerations are, and the weight that should be given to each."|
ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How planning decisions are made - by
The Strategic Land Group|
comments:- this is a useful guide written by a land promoter which has no
connection at all with the Eton new town proposal. We can all learn a lot
by reading what leading companies in the planning game are saying.