For no obvious reason I’ve been thinking about local planning in regard to individual applications. At the present time if someone wishes to add an extension to their home or put a log cabin in their garden for one of their children or Granny to live in then they have to go through an expensive and time consuming process. The same applies even if they wish to erect a wind generator or, as I understand it, a flag pole.
What if a form was freely available upon which details of the proposal together with a reasonable sketch could be put. The proposer could then take it round to anyone who may be affected by way of view, possible noise etc and sign that they have objections. Assuming no objections then permission is automatic subject of course to adherence to any building construction regulations. If there was even one objection then the local council would make the final decision.
If this was adopted it would speed up the whole process, save residents money, help make neighbourhood connections (admittedly generate a row here and there) and remove claims of favouritism by councillors and be more democratic.