Islington first council to challenge planning policy
Islington Council is the first local authority to challenge the Government’s planning policy, warning it will have a devastating impact on Islington's economy.
The council is hoping to overturn some of the permitted development rights that mean councils and residents are unable to object to certain types of development.
Islington council is taking the action after warning the plans could create a ‘free-for-all’ for developers and jeopardise council plans for affordable housing.
Islington Council's executive member for housing and development, James Murray, said: ‘There’s a real danger that small offices across the borough will be lost to private housing, and tower blocks will have as many flats as possible crammed into them. Archway Tower is already being lined up to have a large number of small, sub-standard bedsits squashed into it, with no affordable housing.
‘This is not right for Islington and so we have decided to challenge the government. We have started the legal process to try and overturn the government's changes.’
Islington Council has issued an Article 4 direction and is seeking a judicial review of the 'office to residential' rule.
Planning is one of the 'forward to the past' policies of the Coalition.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Monday, 15 July 2013 10:24 AM
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