Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 8, 2017

Localism Is All But Dead

Yesterday in Parliament, Rosie Cooper MP Labour West Lancashire said

“My constituents feel that localism is all but dead. Will the Secretary of State expand on how he intends to strengthen the planning laws to ensure that their voices are heard much more loudly than those of the avaricious developers who are trying to thwart the local plan and defy any remaining vestiges of localism?” rosie6

Sajid Javid MP sajid Conservative, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, replied “We rightly follow a policy of letting local authorities set out their plans and determine what is right for their area, but it is important to ensure that that is not used by some authorities—it is only some—as an excuse for avoiding making tough decisions. We have a housing shortage in virtually every part of England. That includes much of the south-east, and I can think of areas in the north as well. We can tackle that only if local authorities are honest about their needs and if they plan on that basis”.


  1. Honesty from the local authority? That’s us screwed then.

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