Following the debate on planning reforms – look at the small print with George Monbiot:
“The wrecking ball swinging from this chain is the government’s redefinition of sustainable development. “Development means growth”, the new document says, and “without growth, a sustainable future cannot be achieved.” All development thereby becomes sustainable, and all sustainable development must be approved. “A presumption in favour of sustainable development”, the draft insists, must be “the basis for every plan, and every decision … the default answer to development proposals is ‘yes’”.
It lists the kinds of sustainable development which councils will now be expected to approve. They include motorway service stations(7), roads to the airport(8) and advertising hoardings(9). If these are sustainable, what isn’t?”
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