Lib Dems challenge Govt’s “power grab” planning proposals

Lib Dems challenge Govt’s “power grab” planning proposals

Parliamentary news
In a policy motion adopted at the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference, the Party has warned that the Government’s planning proposals will “disempower” councils and allow developers to “run roughshod” over local communities’ wishes. The motion lays bare the risks of the Government’s proposals, which the Party argue amount to a Government “power grab” that will reduce investment in affordable housing, damage public scrutiny of planning decisions, and potentially undermine climate commitments. By supporting the motion, the Liberal Democrat members reaffired their commitment to challenging the move through the Government’s consultation process and reject the “reduction of local control”. Liberal Democrat Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesperson Tim Farron said: “Planning decisions have incredible power to shape the places we live for the better. Local people are clearly best placed to…
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