Via Samizdata, I found this delightful exposition of precisely why strict planning permission is such a bad thing: Western Australia has a population of 2.2 million. It has a land area of 2.6 million square kilometers. The United Kingdom has a population approximately 30 times that of Western Australia and Western Australia is about 12 times the size of
And let's face it, the UK is not known for its laxity when it comes to giving planning permission.
No, despite the cries of people for "balanced libertarianism", it's clear to me that if you can't do what you like with your own land, then you are just benefiting the haves and denying the have-nots.