Local people tell MPs their concerns about new planning system
MPs met communities from across England at the House of Commons on 12 October to discuss the new planning system.
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MPs from each main political party turned up to hear their concerns.
Communities said they wanted to see:
- a clear definition of sustainable development in the Localism Bill
- more affordable social housing
- a planning system that protects our greenfield sites from development.
- genuine community involvement in local planning decisions.
Annette Brooke MP agreed a clear definition of sustainable development is needed to prevent any attempt to twist the definition towards sustainable economic growth.
Local campaigner, James Skinner from Wards Corner Coalition in Tottenham, highlighted the danger of disempowering communities.
People who don't have the money and time to get involved in neighbourhood plans will be marginalised, with no control or say on local plans.
Echoing these concerns Jack Dromey MP said:
Growth and development needs an equal measure of a real say for local people and protection of the natural environment.
Friends of the Earth is calling for changes in the new planning system, to make it greener and fairer.
We're asking the Government to extend the consultation period for the new planning framework, which closed on Monday 17 October, to give people more time to respond.
Read our briefing to see what changes we're pushing for.