Stroud district planners return to TV screens in documentary series

10:06am Wednesday 19th February 2014

By Lucy Fulford

STROUD District Council’s planning officers return to the small screens in a fly-on-the-wall documentary series lifting the lid on Britain’s planning processes.

A second series of The Planners airs on BBC Two on Tuesday, February 25 at 7pm.

Rebranded as Permission Impossible: Britain’s Planners, the eight-part programme will be broadcast each night from Tuesday to Friday over two weeks.

Last year camera crews followed Stroud’s planners as they discussed controversial planning applications, including an appeal to erect four large wind turbines in the Berkeley Vale.

This series we see fierce debates over housing developments, extensions and even naturists.

The second episode, broadcast on Wednesday, features a couple who took down their eighteenth century manor house in Wiltshire brick by brick and transported it to Uley – only to have the very view they moved their whole house to enjoy ruined by a tree house.

Later in the series, in the face of major local opposition Phil Skill, head of planning for Stroud District Council, is forced to decide on an application to build 100 homes in the Cotswolds outside Stroud – England’s largest area of outstanding natural beauty.

For more information, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03x4x6y

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