Guidance on the permeable surfacing of front gardens

This document is not the law but is being treated and the law by my local authority. It is an attempt by unelected officials to create law by the back door. The related legisation is The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008. This states:

F.1 Development is permitted by Class F subject to the condition that where—
(a) the hard surface would be situated on land between a wall forming the principal elevation of the dwellinghouse and a highway, and
(b) the area of ground covered by the hard surface, or the area of hard surface replaced, would exceed 5 square metres,
either the hard surface shall be made of porous materials, or provision shall be made to direct run-off water from the hard surface to a permeable or porous area or surface within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.

I beleive the object of the legislation was to discourage the use of impervious surfaces concrete and tarmac in drives which seems reasonable to me. Unfortunately the guidance attempts to define porous in a very specific way which conflicts normal legal principals and means all standard conctructions methods used before the act was introduced do not comply. This seems completely wrong to me. The act should be rewritten to make it clears that normals construction method ie MOT Type 1 can be used to construct gravel drives and  fall with in the permitted development rules.

Why is this idea important?

This document is not the law but is being treated and the law by my local authority. It is an attempt by unelected officials to create law by the back door. The related legisation is The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008. This states:

F.1 Development is permitted by Class F subject to the condition that where—
(a) the hard surface would be situated on land between a wall forming the principal elevation of the dwellinghouse and a highway, and
(b) the area of ground covered by the hard surface, or the area of hard surface replaced, would exceed 5 square metres,
either the hard surface shall be made of porous materials, or provision shall be made to direct run-off water from the hard surface to a permeable or porous area or surface within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.

I beleive the object of the legislation was to discourage the use of impervious surfaces concrete and tarmac in drives which seems reasonable to me. Unfortunately the guidance attempts to define porous in a very specific way which conflicts normal legal principals and means all standard conctructions methods used before the act was introduced do not comply. This seems completely wrong to me. The act should be rewritten to make it clears that normals construction method ie MOT Type 1 can be used to construct gravel drives and  fall with in the permitted development rules.

Save business time and the environment – get rid of uneccessary one-way or bus only

The idea is simple, withdraw much of the so-called road improvements which means traffic has to travel much further than it did in the past. Road planners should not be full time in the one city, as they tinker around with changes roads to keep themselves occupied. There should be a central core of road planners, shared between towns and cities, so only urgent and worthwhile improvements are made.  Worwhile means, does it make it shorter to get from A to B. This will reduce local government costs, reduce tax spent, increase journy times, and considerably reduce the fuel spent going the long way to get to ones destination.

Why is this idea important?

The idea is simple, withdraw much of the so-called road improvements which means traffic has to travel much further than it did in the past. Road planners should not be full time in the one city, as they tinker around with changes roads to keep themselves occupied. There should be a central core of road planners, shared between towns and cities, so only urgent and worthwhile improvements are made.  Worwhile means, does it make it shorter to get from A to B. This will reduce local government costs, reduce tax spent, increase journy times, and considerably reduce the fuel spent going the long way to get to ones destination.

Remove requiements for planning authorities to put public notices in local newspapers

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

Stop pedestrianisation mania

The proliferation of ridiculous 'town planning' ventures, which see huge amounts of expensive paving, yellow lines & wavy lines, plant pots, & dubiously appealing plastic architectural 'improvements' crowding our pavements & roads is stopping people:

A. Reaching shops by the simple act of crossing from 1 side of the road to the other

B. Parking anywhere near said shops & being forced to buy online or go to sterile out of town malls

Consequently small shops unique in character are going to the wall in droves as nobody can access their shops!!

Why is this idea important?

The proliferation of ridiculous 'town planning' ventures, which see huge amounts of expensive paving, yellow lines & wavy lines, plant pots, & dubiously appealing plastic architectural 'improvements' crowding our pavements & roads is stopping people:

A. Reaching shops by the simple act of crossing from 1 side of the road to the other

B. Parking anywhere near said shops & being forced to buy online or go to sterile out of town malls

Consequently small shops unique in character are going to the wall in droves as nobody can access their shops!!