General Article Concerns over planning reforms

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Over half (54%) of the British public believe that the Government’s plans to remove the need for planning permission for house and building extensions would mean the quality of the design of their neighbourhood would get worse, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

  • 54% of respondents think the quality of the design of buildings and houses in their neighbourhood would get worse.
  • 25% say it would remain the same.
  • Only 7% think that it will get better.

Losing influence

In addition to concerns over design quality, the poll also revealed that half of respondents are worried that under the Government’s proposed planning reforms they would lose their influence over new extensions in their local area.

  • 31% said they were ‘fairly worried’ about losing influence under the new regime, while 20% of respondents said they were ‘very worrie

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