New bill will silence local voices
The new Growth and Infrastructure Bill will allow developers to bypass local authorities in some cases.
Bypassing local councils
Local authorities decide local planning decisions.
But in some "designated" local authorities the Secretary of State has suggested developers have the option to bypass them.
This will undermine local accountability and centralise these planning decisions.
The Bill also creates an opportunity for developers to "fast-track" major projects instead of going to the local authority.
This could include developments for warehouses, leisure parks and large onshore gas extraction.
Impact on climate change
Many decisions will have a climate change impact. It's crucial that the Secretary of State considers these impacts when making planning decisions.