Archived press release: Planning changes - unnecessary and counterproductive

Liberal Democrats in Local Government have called on the Coalition to listen to mounting criticism and scrap plans to force re-negotiation of "Section 106" agreements with developers that would provide affordable housing.

As the Government closes its consultation on its proposals, Cllr Keith House, Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson, has called on the Government to listen carefully to the cross-party evidence submitted by the Local Government Association opposing the plans. "It's not everyday you get all the political parties throwing their arms up in horror at a proposal", he said, "but when this does happen, you need to stop and listen".

Cllr House added: "We know from experience around the country these changes are not needed. Councils have shown themselves only too willing to sit down and re-negotiate with developers if there is a clear concern a development is not viable.

"In fact, the changes could even slow down new development as developers delay to try a renegotiation. But that risks local opposition growing to the loss of necessary local community benefits such as affordable housing. The Liberal Democrat Conference made its opposition to these plans very clear on two occasions last month. We now need the government to listen and act quickly to send these plans straight into the bin.

"Liberal Democrats have also been making clear our opposition to the Government plans to allow larger extensions to be built without planning permission and look forward to sending back a similar response on that issue as well"

Note to editors:

1.  LGA response 

2. For a full copy of the opposition expressed by the Liberal Democrat Conference on housing and planning email

9 November 2016