The Royal Town Planning Institute has queried the Barker Review recommendation that developers should be allowed to pay off objectors as the antithesis of a transparent and equitable planning system. The Barker review of Land Use, published today, recommends that 'a new system of negotiated agreements between affected parties' should replace the need for planning permission in some cases.
Robert Upton, Secretary General of the RTPI said: \"The planning system exists to establish what development should take place in the interests of the wider public – not to allow deals behind closed doors to give developers a quick-and–dirty permit. Developers should be required to take appropriate action to reduce or off-set the impact of their developments on the neighbourhood and the Barker recommendation for 'side agreements' between developers and individuals does nothing to add to the existing system – potentially it excludes the consideration of other people's interests.\"
\"We support simplification wherever it is appropriate. The emphasis instead should be on completing the review of permitted development rights, particularly in relation to micro-generation, to ensure that the planning system is relieved of cases it need not consider in the first place.\"
Tuesday 05 December 2006