Why property developers are scum

Up until a couple of months ago, Brighton had a rambling set of 200 year old Georgian buildings next to its clock tower. These buildings were a bit ramshackle, contained nice little shops – and thus, at least in the local council’s eyes, were ripe for redevelopment.
Thus the old nice buildings and little shops got bulldozed. Only one problem: planning permission had been given on the basis that the shop facades were preserved, but instead, the developer chose to flatten them and apply for permission for a completely different development instead.
The result, of course, is deadlock: planning permission has been refused, quite rightly, leaving a big hole slap bang in the middle of Brighton.
What amazes me is that the council were stupid enough to believe the developer in the first place. The developer clearly believes that, sooner of later, it will get its way – and in many cases like this, that’s exactly what happens. Of course, what should happen iis that the law should be changed so that councils are given a right to purchase any land where the developer has deliberately violated planning permission at the same price the developer paid for it. That would stop this kind of thing from ever happening again – but it would also mean offending big business, which under a “New” Labour administration will never happen.

  • http://www.adam.tinworth.name/archives/000172.html One Man & His Blog

    Cuddle a property developer today

    I was reading through some of my occasional blog reads today, when I came across this post on Technovia, the weblog of former MacUser editor Ian Betteridge. He tells the tale of a developer in Brighton which has violated its planning permission and is …

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    Cuddle? or throttle?

    Adam Tinworth suggests you cuddle a property developer today. I was reading through some of my occasional blog reads today, when I came across this post (excerpt below – DS) on Technovia, the weblog of former MacUser editor Ian Betteridge.