Introducing very innovative approach to local planning, the Conservatives today issued a green paper outlining how they will introduce opensource planning for many and various schemes to ensure that communities are much more involved. Very inspiring!
What is so refreshing is the scrapping of the current crazy costly system that has evolved over the last ten years and taken any real decision-making away from local communities. This is combined with sensible reviews of existing national nonsense policies and burdensome inspection schemes.
As a specific example, copied below is an extract from the green paper on mobile phone masts:
Mobile phone masts
Mobile phone masts are an important part of the nation’s infrastructure, especially given the growing demand for mobile data services. But there has been significant public concern about masts being erected with little consultation and in an insensitive manner. We believe that all types of mobile phone masts in England (including Network Rail, TETRA and small pico masts) must be subject to the same, full planning process as other forms of development, so giving local communities a greater say on where they are located.
We will also review the case for greater incentives for operators to share masts and allow domestic roaming, and will investigate new technologies, such as WiMAX and wireless broadband, which have the potential to reduce the number of new masts required. And we will review potential health issues related to mobile phone masts in the light of ongoing scientific research.