Illegal developments of sites in Green Belt areas exist. Travellers are noted for abusing the planning laws and getting away with it in most cases as they have become expert in manipulating the planning application and appeal systems. The average citizen abide by the laws of the land but illegal development of sites is practiced by a small majority. Abolishing the retrospective application regulations and abolition of the Planning Inspectorate quango would give power back to the local authorities where it should reside.
There have been many cases of abuse of the planning laws by people who develop a site without having applied to do so and who are then allowed to submit a retrospective application to the local authority. Almost everyone knows that planning laws exist yet some deliberately proceed with development knowing that they can get away with it. I suggest that the ability to apply retrospectively for such permission should be abolished and that those who abuse the planning laws should be summarily prosecuted for so doing. I further suggest that the Planning Inspectorate quango be abolished and that decisions on planning matters be made to sole prerogative of local authorities. The Planning Inspectorate has little knowledge about such sites and yet are empowered to overturn the decisions of local authorities who are in a far better position to judge whether a particular development plan is acceptable in their area.