Eric Pickles may have just advised Local Authorities not to rule out developments through inflexible rules on buffer zones  but never fear, he’s about to impose millions more – see here. The guidance, to be published this week, will advise builders of new houses to provide space to hide away wheelie bins because “unsightly bins left lying around the neighbourhood can damage the visual amenity of an area”.

Mr Pickles said:

“For years, badly-placed wheelie bins and the proliferation of multiple bins have created a blot on the landscape.  By ensuring that developers create appropriate waste storage areas when designing new homes, we can tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin blighted streets and driveways”

Hurrah! No more ghastly blots on the landscape then!

E Pickles: "ghastly"

Eric Pickles