Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Karen Overbury

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Karen Overbury

Article excerpt

ONE of the many good things about life in the North East is that we can be a bit slow to change. What happens in the busy South East won't usually happen here for a while - if at all. We can learn from the good and the bad of other regions.

While some city centres were destroyed in the 60s by skyscrapers and high-rise developments, we managed to retain many fabulous buildings - the Old Eldon Square, sadly, being an exception.

But there are still some horrible houses, awful office blocks and hideous high-rises, mostly developed in a time when planning laws were not as tight as they are today.

Some parts of the planning system are too strict and there is too little local control over what can be built and where and density of homes on new developments. What is right for the South East, with its overcrowding and soaring population growth is not right for this region.

A shake up of legislation is long overdue, permitting more local control and allowing planners in particular areas to deal with their particular problems. …

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