KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sunday 29th June 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
PLANNING A DICTATORSHIP?
The Government has pushed a new Planning Bill through the House of Commons which has grave implications for Kent (1). Large new proposed projects in future would no longer be subject to democratic control. A new Infrastructure Planning Commission, outside Government control but with members appointed by the Government, will decide on future large scale developments. Local communities will no longer have a say. For Kent, it could mean the imposition of projects like the Kingsnorth Power Station, against which 9000 people objected; a new nuclear power station at Dungeness; on shore wind farms in locations Kent Green Party would strongly oppose(2); permitted large-scale expansion of housing in Ashford, Dover or Kent Thameside. Steve Dawe comments:
“The Government has created a new type of ‘Planning Dictatorship’ which threatens the countryside and agricultural land of Kent. Not content with ignoring the chorus of criticism of its Housing Green Paper, its Planning White Paper, its new Planning Bill and its Nuclear Review (3), the Government now wishes to impose large projects upon the country with no regard for local opinion.
“This is particularly alarming for Kent with the threat of power stations at Kingsnorth and Dungeness and massive housing expansion on to greenfield sites at Ashford, Dover and Kent Thameside. Our Government is set on a path of taking our liberties and undermining local democracy(4).”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY on 01732 355185, 0845 257 4236 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Steve Dawe jobshares the role of South East Green Party Speaker on Housing, Planning and Development with Keith Bothwell.
The Planning Bill as it left the House of Commons, still for consideration in the House of Lords: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldbills/069/08069.i-v.html
Some locations are acceptable for onshore wind farms, such at the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm currently under construction on Romney Marsh. However, Kent Green Party takes the view that most wind turbines should be offshore, not the majority being located onshore as suggested in the Government’s new Renewable Energy consultation.
See Kent Green Party submissions to all the Housing Green Paper, Planning White Paper and Nuclear Review consultations at www.kentgreenparty.org under Resources.
See the film, Taking Liberties, which offers a history of Labour’s attacks on our freedoms since 1997.