In many ways the planning system has done a good job: trying to balance competing demands for scarce resources and mediating between economic forces and the views of local communities. And, over the years, it has proved remarkably resilient.
The green belt is under attack by greedy property developers and grasping politicians. This land is protected from development to restrict urban sprawl and preserve green space for people (and for nature).
Since the beginning of the recession, a high number of retail casualties have resulted in empty buildings filling up our
Not long ago a newsagent on the increasingly dilapidated Hastings seafront told his assistant he might not see out the day. She thought he wasn't feeling well. When, later that afternoon, he pulled down the shutters and handed over her wages she knew better.