Localism Bill

Memorandum submitted by Richard Carter (L 60)

Many councils are facing increasingly onerous procedures to enforce basic planning laws. For example companies buying small parcels of land in the green belt - subdividing them into smaller plots, and then selling them off at inflated profits. In turn Travellers & gypsies have often bought them, and in turn Planning Authorities have been unable to easily or quickly move them on. It has resulted in numerous small parcels of countryside being ‘Caravanised’ for years on end. The Laws are unable to cope with remedying this situation without expensive, protracted and uncomfortable proceedings.

February 2011