UPDATE 13 NOVEMBER 2020
He's gone! Boris Johnson has ordered Dominic Cummings to leave Downing Street with immediate effect. With Cummings out, we have a good shot at making the government pull a u-turn on this White Paper -- and protect our planning system from even more corporate greed.
UPDATE 26 OCTOBER 2020
UPDATE 6 AUGUST 2020
It’s really happening. Dominic Cummings and Robert Jenrick are charging full steam ahead on their plan to take away your right to a say in what’s built in your neighbourhood.
The government has published its Planning for the Future White Paper. It's a gift to ruthless property developers. They’ll be able to throw up thousands of tiny, unliveable “rabbit-hutch” flats in our communities -- and we will no longer be able to object.
Now the government is waiting to hear what people think. We have to make this backlash huge and real. Add your name to make the government ditch these disastrous reforms.
ORIGINAL PETITION TEXT, 1 JULY 2020
Wave goodbye to your right to a say in what’s built in your local area -- if Dominic Cummings gets his way. We’ve got just weeks to stop him.
He's working on a plan to rip up the rules for new buildings in England -- and replace it with a US style scheme. It could fill neighbourhoods with shoddy flats and ugly office buildings.
But Cummings’ plan won’t affect every community the same way. City streets, not the countryside, will be the focus -- so people of colour will be far worse affected.
Cummings is trying to sneak this plan through as part of a coronavirus recovery programme -- and Boris Johnson just announced the first of the changes.
The full outrageous plans will be published within weeks. If no one seems to care, these changes will become law before we know it.
Dominic Cummings’ reckless US-style plan would take power over your local area away from expert planners with extensive local knowledge -- and give it to giant new “development corporations”.
Remember, this is the same government who brought in a planning loophole that has allowed developers to build new flats without windows. Too many people are already trapped in poor quality housing.
But more than a million homes given planning permission in the last 10 years haven’t been built. So ripping up England’s planning rules to give power to profit hungry developers won’t fix things.
We need to build a huge public backlash right now -- can you add your name today?
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