Opposition debate on planning changes
An Opposition Day debate took place last week on June 21, focusing on proposed changes to planning legislation
Labor “called on backbench rebels to support the opposition in a House of Commons vote,” as the Guardian reports:
Some fear that dividing the country into zones of growth, renewal and protection will take away local democracy as well as the flexibility that local rural areas need to ensure their sustainability.
2 Conservative MPs rebelled and voted with the opposition, while most Conservatives abstained from voting.
This article was featured on Radio Devon on June 22, including a discussion with South Hams Council Chief Councilor Judy Pearce. Focusing on affordable homes, Cllr Pearce emphasized that we need to build the right homes, in the right places, for the right people. She said under the government’s new plans, 2/3 of South Hams could be excluded from housing construction, leaving only one-third as an area where houses can be built.
When asked for a solution to local problems in South Hams, Councilor Pearce replied that she would build the same number of houses as currently, but that they would all make them affordable to locals through tenures.
The article featured Rural Services Network chief executive Graham Biggs, who, when asked about concerns about the planning changes, said:
“The concern is that once an area is in an area, the questions of whether this development should be allowed or not have already been determined, and this becomes a matter of design, so our big concern is the involvement. ordinary people in communities in this particular process.
When the government released the Planning for the Future white paper, The Rural Services Network organized a dedicated event with its members to ensure it brought together an accurate representation of all rural local authorities in England.
We will be watching with interest the future debates to see if the opposition will be able to influence the planning changes that will be introduced.