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It is a coalition of groups and individual that is promoting a Smart Growth alternative to the NPPF.
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Andrew, we are totally behind you and would like to join the campaign as a group. We are running a campaign in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, fighting a local development which has now gone to Public Inquiry. We have also been bringing our members up to date on the wider planning issues and the implications of the current NPPF draft.
Please confirm if there are joining instructions we need to follow. We will then get your link out to our members so they have the opportunity to join your campaign individually as well.
Julie, Carole & Jan
PROTECT HURST GROUP
Hi nothing needed to join just your email. And thanks for the support. Please the message out. We are always looking for support. In particular people with web skills so we get get our own hosted site with a proper membership system so we can keep track of people and groups and keep in touch with them
Just reading your leaflet. All good stuff but it is disingenuous. You accept that we need to build 5 million new homes but that only 2 million can be built on brownfield, but then you fail to mention where the remaining 3 million will go. Other than vague comments about smart growth and perhaps building at higher densities (ignoring the fact that people do not wish to live in flats, they want houses and gardens) the remaining 3 million homes are left hanging in the air. It really would be smarter if the NT and CPRE accepted that 3 million will have to be built on greenfied and then opened negotiations as to how and where we do it, rather than this scaremongering “concreting over the countryside” heads in the sand approach.
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It is a very simple dilemma. More houses on more land or at higher densities on less land. Or do nothing and watch supply and demand weave its magic.
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Colin wiles, re “Ignoring the fact that people do not want to live in flats”
I live in a flat and I love it.
I’ll list a few reasons why:
1. Location. I live right among shops, cinemas, bars and theatres. I can walk everywhere (including work) so don’t need a car. On the rare occasions I do, I hire one.
2. Security. I can lock up and go away safe in the knowledge that burglars will find it very hard to gain access when it requires an electronic swipe for the street door, another for the lift to get access to my floor and a set of keys to get into my apartment.
3. Financial security. If the roof leaks I share the bill to fix it with 110 other owners.
4. More free time. I am not tied to maintaining a garden. I have a 12 square metre balcony which is plenty of room to have a table and 4 chairs, 2 potted trees and many pots of herbs. I don’t have to mow any lawn or weed any flower beds so I can spend my spare time enjoying my life.
5. Views. 21 floors above the street there is a lot of light and breathtaking views day and night. Much better than looking at a fence or the house across the street.
People who do not want to live in flats probably haven’t even lived in a flat but draw their conclusions from ill-informed prejustices. The United Kingdom, England in particular, Is too small a country to keep covering with low rise housing. Sprawling suburbs force more cars on the road and take up land that could be used for recreation or food production. Well designed medium to high density housing can be very desirable if it is well designed and takes care of people’s needs. It’s the only way forward.
What exactly is supply and demand doing when it weaves its magic? Making lenders confident to lend. Making borrowers confident to borrow in secure jobs? Growing the economy? Yes, yes and yes. What will relentless building achieve. Let’s put homes in new towns with new railways and infrastructure and then have a respite for people to catch up and earn those new homes.