Pick of the Day: The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities | Cities | theguardian.com

A lengthy, but excellent article on planning, real estate development and booms:

“Under the coalition’s localism agenda, the wheels for private-sector encroachment into public planning have been further oiled, with the introduction of neighbourhood plans. Presented as a means of empowering communities, they have in fact left the door wide open for canny developers to move in, host a few community coffee mornings with felt-tips and post-it notes, and engineer a plan to their own advantage. There is no requirement for those who draw up the plan to even reside in the neighbourhood and, although they need a 50% “yes” vote at referendum, there is no requisite minimum turnout.”

read the full article on The Guardian: The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities | Cities | theguardian.com.

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1 Response to Pick of the Day: The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities | Cities | theguardian.com

  1. ergamenis says:

    Thanks for “picking” this important article for your blog’s readers’ info!
    Would have been great if someone discussed with similar thoroughness what is happening in non-European urban centers, like the development projects by the Qataris next to the junction of the Niles in Khartoum, Sudan.

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