Leighton Jones, chairman of the Society’s planning committee was interviewed by the BBC at Knowle Locks in response to the government’s announcement yesterday (26 July 2011) of new national planning policies.
This interview took place at Knowle locks because of the current appeal hearing against the recent planning refusal for a new marina to be constructed at the locks. Also interviewed was the appellant, Medhi Modiri of Somerville Homes.
Organisations like the National Trust felt that these new policies may lead to a presumption too far in favour of developers to the detriment of the countryside and against the wishes of local communities.
Leighton’s in his much cut-down interview stated “It will be very much the role of local authorities to prove that development is inappropriate rather than the other way round and I fear that might swing the balance too far.”