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2015 April: Parliamentary Candidate Statements May 2015
Andrew Illsley (UKIP)
Thank you for your email and attachments on the status of Cheadle Unite.
Your plight is unfortunately typical of many areas in the country where NPPF is wrong for the environment and has regretfully given many developers the "green light" to build just about any where and seriously restricts the ability of local authorities to refuse planning permission for inappropriate developments.
In their 2010 Manifesto the Tories promised "localism" saying more power would be given to local people but, in reality their planning policies have stripped powers away from communities.
What is also concerning is the apparent lack of support for you from the SMDC officers and executive - who UKIP believe across local authorities should also demonstrate more accountability to the ratepayers.
UKIP will not allow new housing to strip our nation of prime agricultural land. This must
be kept for its primary purpose, creating a secure food supply for Britain and for export.
Neither will we allow the countryside to be swamped by over-development: we believe
strongly that our countryside must be preserved so it can be enjoyed by future generations.
( Extract from our 2015 Election Manifesto, P35)
"We will replace the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and
introduce fresh national planning guidelines that will prioritise brownfield sites
for new housing and genuinely protect the green belt".
UKIP genuinely supports local communities having a greater say over what happens in their
locality and we will:
• Free local authorities from government-imposed minimum housing numbers
• Reverse current policies of facilitating large-scale rural residential developments,
• Promote smaller 6-12 unit developments in rural areas to extend existing villages
• Encourage local authorities to require a proportion of self-build plots to be provided in
all large developments
• Allow large-scale developments to be overturned by a binding local referendum
triggered by the signatures of 5 per cent of electors within a planning authority area,
collected within three months
• Reduce the cost and bureaucracy of planning applications by merging Planning and
Building Control departments in local authorities.
I hope you find this useful - details of our complete manifesto document in pdf are attached (here)
Your pictures of the considerable number of Brownfield site opportunities in & around Stoke/Hanley make the point we believe in very clearly.