A goodbye message to the planning system was sent by the Woodland Trust, CPRE, RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the Wildlife Trusts and others with these adverts in the Times and Telegraph today:
The Government’s plans to reform the planning system are undemocratic and strip away environmental protection from major infrastructure like roads, airports and power stations. The House of Lords are considering the reforms at the minute and we hope they will listen to the concerns of these organisations who have a combined membership of around five million people.
The planning system is an essential tool in our fight to protect ancient woodland – ancient woods are theoretically protected at a national level. We need the system to be open so that organisations like the Woodland Trust and all of us as members of the public can get engaged with development in our area. The Government’s plans ride roughshod over your rights to get involved and strip out environmental protection in the system. We need you to get in touch with the Communities Secretary Hazel Blears to defend your rights and save the planning system.
Act now – write to Hazel Blears, Secretary of State, and ask her to ensure your rights, the environment and democracy are protected. Email her through www.planningdisaster.co.uk
or write to her at
DCLG, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU