Concern over home planning reform proposals
PLANNING: Proposals to remove the need for planning permission to be granted for home and building extensions have been criticised by a leading architectural body.
The move has already raised concerns among local councils that are currently suffering a loss of income from dealing with fewer planning applications because of the economic downturn.
Now the Royal British Institute Of Architects (RBIA) has claimed the proposals would lead to a glut of poor-quality designs.
Ruth Reed, chairman of the RBIA's planning group, said: "The Government's new policy is rushed and, if implemented, could pave the way for poor design decisions, which could damage our built environment for years to come.
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"We agree that there is a need to reduce the red tape in our current planning system.
"However, this policy change must be more carefully considered to ensure we make our neighbourhoods better not worse."