"Nihilistic selfishness": Part 2
Last summer, UK Planning Minister Greg Clark called opposition to changes in planning processes by the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England as "nihilistic selfishness." To me, the people who are "nihilistically selfish" are those who advocate for changes that could have devastating effect on rural landscapes and builtscapes . See the blog entry, "Nimbyism: Standing up for what's right or "nihilistic selfishness"?."
From the CPRE website:
The report, prepared by Vivid Economics, finds that although there have been a few studies of the costs of the planning system, the claims made on the back on them have been overstated - and very little has been done to measure the benefits that good planning delivers. It concludes that while there are costs in some sectors, there is no evidence that planning has large, economy-wide effects on productivity or employment and that the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is unlikely therefore to have much effect on growth.
It's typical that arguments concerning changes in policy are justified for their presumed positive impacts on growth and economic development, but often that is merely cover for various economic interests who have been advocating for the changes for a long period of time.