the Eton versus East Chiltington chronicles
Do you want new towns? news:- Friday, July 9, 2021 - Lewes District Council
today launched its
Plan - Issues and Options consultation. This is to inform the planners
whether residents prefer to achieve (externally imposed and divorced from
reality) house building targets by having a small number of huge sites -
such as the Eton new town (North
Barnes Farm project) or if they prefer it done by a large number of small
sites. Learn more about the issues here...
The fundamental question I asked myself is this...
Is getting involved with the new Local Plan Consultation going to make any difference?
The influences to my own thinking came from 2 places.
How much confidence can we have that - even if there was a 99% community vote that there shouldn't be a new town development - that this majority view would prevail?
On the face of it there are no guarantees that majority views win in the current framework of planning electoral colleges.... They are part of the broken pipework in the underbelly of English democracy.
There are many reasons for this including:-
Yes. I started reading it in the early hours of June 10, 2021 - the day it was published.
And some good may come of it - but it doesn't help us right now.
Because one thing about English Law is - that if something's already happened - such as an agricultural plot being rezoned for building - then a new law might say something about the colour of those new houses, or the tax due when they're sold - but the new towns will already be done deals.
So - what do we do about the consultations now in play?
Talk to people you trust. Listen to what the campaign groups say.
Take part in the process - if you can - because a high level of participation will give the planners less wriggle room for ignoring our wishes.
But the consultation is not the only game in town. And the Local Plan is not the only way to stop the Eton new town.
Democracy makes its own rules.
And - when it comes to planning and trashing our countryside - we won't get fooled again.