LGA responds to coalition call for government planning rethink

“To ensure a successful recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, communities need stability and certainty in planning. This can only be achieved through a locally-led, well-resourced planning system where communities have a proper say over developments in their local area."


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Responding to a coalition of 18 organisations calling on the Government to rethink its planning proposals, Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association housing spokesperson, said:

“To ensure a successful recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, communities need stability and certainty in planning. This can only be achieved through a locally-led, well-resourced planning system where communities have a proper say over developments in their local area.

“This means local areas having oversight of issues that matter to them most such as protecting the environment and ensuring new developments are climate-friendly for current and future generations.

“The Government should also hand back power to communities by removing permitted development rights, which allow homes to be built without planning permission, and without any requirement to include affordable homes supported by the right infrastructure.”