afternoon Buntingford Civic Society members
And a very happy new year to you.
Pylons: a big thank you
We have had a fantastic response to our pylons campaign - 750 Campaigns
Update readers have so far helped us by sending a postcard to the Government's
consultation response team calling for new pylons to avoid our most precious
Thank you very much if you were able to email a card; we do appreciate your
help. The consultation closes on 24 January, so there are still a few more
days in which you can make your voice count, if you haven't already.
Our campaigning really is making a difference. Thanks to CPRE and its
supporters, the National Grid is currently reconsidering its approach to
putting pylons underground. So the more postcards sent to the
Government, the more weight behind our campaign.
pylons ruining countryside
Power to the people: our big
You may remember a few months ago I mentioned we were gearing up for an
important campaign on planning. Things are coming to a head now that the
Government has published its Localism Bill - the first debate on this in the
House of Commons will take place on 17 January.
Among other things,
this Bill proposes major changes to our planning system. This is a big
opportunity to improve the planning system and protect the countryside. We
are lobbying the Government to help ensure this happens. As part of this we
have produced a charter for planning reform. It sets out the main things we'd
really like to see in the Localism Bill.
One thing the Bill doesn't currently contain, however, despite pre-election
commitments, is the right for local people to challenge inappropriate
developments where they live - what we are calling a community right to
appeal. We are campaigning hard to ensure this is included in the Bill - and
we really need your help.
Please write to your MP, asking him or her to support our charter and our
call for a community right to appeal by writing to the Minister, Greg Clark.
transform the planning system
our charter for planning reform [opens 462KB PDF]