To Home Affairs Editor
Planning Green paper, 1066 and all that.
The DTLR Green Paper on Planning closed for consultation on
18th March. As an ordinary citizen my views on planning merit little
attention. But as a person attempting to identify and preserve a neglected piece
of our heritage I believe there is a story.
Everybody knows what happened in 1066 yet the largest of the
3 battles in the autumn of that year is almost forgotten. Three weeks before the
Battle at Hastings, the Viking invaders beat the Northern earls at Fulford. It
was a hard fought victory and the invaders were themselves defeated and almost
wiped out 5 days later between Stamford Bridge and their boats moored at Riccall
My concerns about the future role of the third parties in the
planning process are set out in my response to the Green Paper. It is an appeal
to strengthen independent voices. It is already an unequal struggle with the
developer and elected representative's interests linked by the deals ('planning
obligations') they do. The planning officers have had their independence
compromised in common, apparently, with other civil servants and are working
under instruction. I am particularly alarmed at para 6.22 which appears to
preclude any debate on this point.
My recent interest in planning has arisen as a result of my
attempts to prevent an access road being built across the site of the battle of
Fulford. It has taken over a year to assemble the evidence for the site which
has been lost for almost a millennium. English Heritage will review the evidence
on 28 March which has already been checked by several eminent historians who
have been advising me.
I would, in due course, be willing to give their names as they would be
doubtless be able to give you a better story that me.
In addition to its unique position of this battle in our
history, there are 4 features that make this site very special.
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