Artistic freedom – deregulation of house design from planning restrictions
Planning laws are necessary only to prevent the erection of dangerous structures. But they are more often than not used to prevent unusual, creative and innovative design from being built. I propose the resztriction of the planning laws to cover only the structure, size and facililties of buildings, but not their appearance, their colour, shape, materials and ornament. This will allow the natrural creative talent of the nation to flourish, expressed through the built environment at every level.
Why does this idea matter?
Creativity is being stifled by planners who impose not only necessary regulations of sound construytion, proper access and safety, but also make artistic judgements about what they allow. If they do not like the appearence of a building, even if it fulfils every criterion of safety and planning regulations, its construction is refused. This amounts to artistic censorship.