Apologies if I've missed a posting on this issue.
Eric Pickles' changes to permitted development rules have now come into operation. The Local Government Association (LGA) is alarmed and says this "will significantly reduce people's ability to have a say on important changes in their area and risk draining the life from high streets"."
The LGA website reports that for example: "premises previously used as independent gift shops could be turned into payday loan companies while greengrocers could become betting shops, without the need for planning permission or public consultation."Cllr Mike Jones, Chairman of the LGA's Environment and Housing Board, said:
"People tell us that they're fed up of having their local high streets filled with betting shops and payday loan companies.
"We have been clear that if we're to get people back out shopping in their local town centres, we need to give them more say on what type of businesses and shops open there. Instead, from today they will have less."