The new government white paper on the future of the planning system completely ignores the needs of disabled people and the current accessible housing crisis.
The Planning for the Future document makes repeated references to the need for “beautiful new homes”, “beautiful places” and “beautiful buildings”, but with no mention of the dire shortage of suitable wheelchair-accessible housing.
In a report by the Disability News Service (DNS) the government is accused of “showing contempt” for disabled people after publishing an “utterly shameful” 84-page white paper on the future of the planning system without including a single mention of disabled people, disability or accessible housing.
DNS reports that Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, says in the white paper that the government wants to see “environmentally friendly homes that will not need to be expensively retrofitted in the future, homes with green spaces and new parks at close hand, where tree…
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