The pandemic should make us reassess how we perceive new development

Paul Smith CROP

Insisting councils maintain a five year land supply won’t result in the countryside being concreted over

Words are powerful things. The words we choose can tell us a lot about what people really think. Take the words we use to talk about building new homes, for example, which offer a glimpse inside our national psyche and attitudes toward development.

Planning permission is always “won,” as though the application process is a game - and implying that objectors to the application “lost.” We “protect” land from development, as though building is inherently bad.

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