At first sight, the scheme – brainchild of the iconoclastic planning minister, Nick Boles – seems unexceptional. It will allow “redundant” farm buildings to be replaced by up to three houses – either by adapting them or tearing them down and rebuilding – without the need to get planning permission
Yup, that’s the proposal. Let’s take extant buildings and convert them so that people can live in them. This is, of course, an outrage. Because, you know, allowing the rich to look at nice countryside is more important than having somewhere where people can live.
But it’s this which is truly lovely:
Worse, as the Yorkshire Dales authority says, the plan will “totally undermine” existing schemes to provide for local needs. National Parks, for example, provide for unobtrusive conversions to allow farmers to house relatives and provide affordable homes. But these would be blown away in the free-for-all, making local people worse off. The National Housing Federation, “the voice of affordable housing”, has roundly condemned the scheme.
Yes, truly. The creation of more housing units will kill attempts to create more housing units.
These people are shameless, aren’t they?