Barker review gets everyone talking

Last week was a hectic one here at Planning. To stave off death by Treasury announcement, we have compiled an entirely non-scientific poll of our top-five comments on the Barker review: - "Putting an economist in charge of planning is like putting a goat in charge of a garden." Campaign to Protect Rural England Kent director Hilary Newport.

- "Landscape is a serious topic. It cannot be stamped all over by CBI skinheads." Simon Jenkins in The Guardian.

- "A presumption in favour of development is a charter for tin sheds." RTPI secretary-general Robert Upton.

- "It is schizophrenic - part doctrinaire but part practical, part realistic but part lunatic." Denton Wilde Sapte planning lawyer Stephen Ashworth.

- "The green belt review is long overdue. Some urban extensions are on crappy land in the green belt."


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