I was just thinking today about my house. It is a lovely B-listed 19th century cottage. We are not allowed to change the appearance of the front of the building and there are many other restrictions relating to what we can do to it. In practice what this means is that we are not allowed to double glaze or add wind turbines or solar panels to it as it will damage the essential historic and aesthetic value of the property. No arguments grounded in energy efficiency or a low carbon future can change this planning regulation and to be honest I have no objection to this regulation as its such joy to live here.
So why do these arguments override iconic wild landscape designations? and why is no-one creating a clear similar statutory designation systems for landscape?
Corporate lobbying, landownership, money and power?