NEW THREAT HITS CLASSIC EVENTS
New legislation could threaten many events and, according to one commentator ‘crucify the classic commercial movement.’ The changes, proposed by the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) would affect shows being held on private land. At present, landowners can use their sites for most purposes for up to 28 days a year without planning permission. The new proposals, affecting the town and country planning rules, would stop this, meaning that planners would have to approve every’ event being held. Not only do some commentators feel this would involve unnecessary delays and expense, but many landowners and event organisers might stop holding events because of the hassle involved, Classic vehicle shows, autojumbles, motor sports and a huge variety of other events could be affected by the proposals. One strong opponent of the plans is Barry Jones, of Woodford Classic Events, who said: ‘Believe me, they could crucify our movement. If approved, the legislation would be a nightmare for event organisers.
“Councils could destroy schedules by taking ages to make up their minds. Events can’t be organised on this basis.” The DTLR has listed a number of proposals for revised planning rules on its website - one option being no change - but it recommends removing temporary use provisions and replacing them with 'a requirement that event organisers seek planning permission for a site on which they might wish to hold activities from time to time.’ Traffic and noise problems were the primary concerns, particularly as a result of car boot sales and weekend markets, motor sports and clay pigeon shooting. Options listed by the DTLR also included only restricting these events, introducing size restrictions or a notification procedure for would-be event organisers. A DTLR spokesman told CI’C that the consultation period concerning the planned changes had ended. “We have received a good number of responses and they will be taken into account. This is all part of a Green Paper (government proposal) concerning the biggest overhaul of planning regulations in 50 years.”
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