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Budget: Britain's planners fear a "Tin Shed" England within 10 years

23 March 2011

Changes to planning system announced today will have dramatic effect on character of the country

Richard Summers, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which represents almost 23,000 of Britain's planning professionals, has attacked proposals in the budget announced today to allow developers to bypass important planning rules. Richard Summers said:

\"If sweeping changes announced to the planning system result in the default position being 'yes' to development then there is real danger that within a decade we will end up with an England of tin sheds, Lego land housing and US style shopping malls\".

\"Where will the incentive be in the future for developers to address issues such as climate change, environmental protection, design quality and affordable housing, if they know that the government has tied the hands of local councillors who will be required to nod through most development proposals. This could mean developers building what they like, where they like, and when they like. It's a policy that finally buries genuine localism\".