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15/07/2021

Labour introduces planning bill into Commons

Words: Laura Edgar
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Labour has introduced a private member’s bill into the House of Commons that seeks to protect local communities’ voices and speed up housebuilding.

The planning and local representation bill includes a time limit on planning applications that intends to incentivise the completion of homes more quickly and give communities the right to a fair hearing planning applications.

The bill is in opposition to the government’s proposed planning reforms, first published in Planning for the Future in August 2020 and which are set to be outlined in the forthcoming planning bill.

Labour considers the government’s proposals to be a “developers’ charter”. The party believes that it will limit engagement from communities on individual planning decisions and give more control to developers, taking it away from local authorities.

Steve Reed MP, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, said: “The Conservatives plan to pay back developers by selling out communities. Residents will be gagged from objecting to inappropriate and oversized developments so developers can make vast profits at local people’s expense.

“That’s the opposite of the partnership between communities, councils and developers that is the bedrock of regeneration that works in everyone’s interests.

“If the government really wanted to build more homes, they’d encourage developers to build the million homes that already have planning permission but haven’t been built.”

The bill can be found here on the House of Commons website.

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