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ITV1 - 6 January 2009
Planning Wars reveals the growing battles between developers and people who just don’t want the places where they live to be taken over by new building.
Linda McCutcheon is one of an army of campaigners battling against the odds to prevent a third runway being built at Heathrow Airport. A decision is promised within the next few weeks, and the PM seems to be in favour. If the scheme goes ahead Sipson, the village that’s been home to Linda and her family for more than 40 years, will be wiped out. Around 700 homes will be flattened.
At Ingleby Arncliffe in Yorkshire, a heated row has been raging for five long years over a single home built on a plot between existing houses.
Even with the credit crunch, the Government wants three million new homes to be built in the next decade, along with all the infrastructure that goes with them. So this planning war could be mirrored everywhere, because small infill plots between existing homes will have to be developed right across the country to meet the demand. The alternative is to build in the green belt. And there lies yet another Planning Wars battleground. In the dash for more homes, up to 10,000 acres of green belt land could be sacrificed and most of that will be in the South East of England.
Planning Wars also investigates battles over a wind farm in the countryside, and a huge rail freight terminal, as ordinary British people organise protests to defend their way of life.
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