7
Jun
2005

Local democracy is trampled on by current planning laws

Lee Scott, MP for Ilford North, made his maiden speech yesterday containing the following, courtesy of //www.theyworkforyou.com :

I do not want to stop progress, and we cannot stop making provision for people's changing needs, but a lot more power should be given to local views when planning permission is sought. I feel very strongly about the way in which local democracy is trampled on by current planning laws. Where is the justice in local wishes being overturned by inspectors, except in extremely rare cases of overriding national interest? Local authorities must be given powers to control their own destiny. They must be given powers to ban mobile phone masts in heavily residential areas. Local councillors are constantly blamed for decisions that are beyond their control, and councils can have costs awarded against them when locally welcomed decisions are overturned on appeal.

Implementing planning reforms would be a real step towards local democracy. (Ends)
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