Make a stand against permitted development legislation
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Legislation brought in last year designed to make it easier to convert empty commercial buildings into homes is being abused by developers.
It has been used to push through unwanted developments in various areas of the country, and is now being used by a developer to force the council into accepting an application to convert an office building (the old laundry pictured above that's in a conservation area and backed on to by over 50 houses in Round Hill) into flats. A previous application for exactly the same development received almost 90 objections from local residents and would have been refused, due to loss of privacy, over-development and overlooking. The application was also recommended for refusal by the council's conservation and advisory group on the basis of overdevelopment and lack of sympathy for the Round Hill conservation area.
If the legislation stays in place, developers will be able to force through plans with no consideration for surrounding residents. Some councils have made a stand against the legislation only to be overturned on appeal. However, I hope that this petition will show our council that there is a lot of public support for challenging the legislation and getting the government to change it.
Please do show your support by signing this petition. Thank you.
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