I just dawned on me what is wrong with these new planning laws. It’s the same problem with the old ones. It doesn’t matter if they ‘consult’ residents in the early stages or ‘give you a say’ when something is about to go up in your area, the powers that be ultimately choose to ignore those wishes. They are beholden to the big end of town and make sure their interests are “most peculiarly attended to”, to quote Adam Smith.
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