Opposition to development is nothing new, particularly in a country like ours that's often accused of being plagued by knee-jerk NIMBYism.But as the world becomes ever-more digital, the web has opened a new arena for those trying to galvanise support to combat a prospective scheme. The internet has made it easier than ever for like-minded protestors to come together, share their opinions and attempt to prevent developments in areas close to their hearts.In this guide, we'll look at the anatomy of an online protest and examine the methods and results of several high-profile, real-life case studies.
Following the promotion of former planning minister Nick Boles to Minister of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as the Department for Education yesterday (July 15th), the coalition government has named his successor as Brandon Lewis.
Lewis, however, will not simply be taking on his predecessors' responsibilities - and for the first time in five years, the UK will see the ministries of both housing and planning combined into a single position.
In this article, we'll provide a brief overview as to what this step can tell us about the coalition's intentions for both housing and residential development, as well how the appointment is likely to be received in the property sector and beyond.