I can agree with this gentleman about solar panels (although if they were so wonderful, I suspect homeowners would install them themselves) but I cannot agree about "planning gain." Planning gain is a British euphemism for corruption. It is a mechanism by which a local authority can extract a bribe - albeit for the local community, not a councillor personally - in return for giving a landowner permission to use his own land as he wishes. It IS crazy to build thousands of new houses without adding to local facilities, but one can count on private businesses to provide their services without a bribe. Why can't a local authority, which will receive thousands of homes' worth of council tax, be relied on - unbribed - to provide its services?
That the "right wing" Telegraph should publish such garbage is an index of how far Left the "centre ground" in British politics has now moved.
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