Friday, 19 September 2014

Labour attack 'dithering' planning document

The Labour party has criticised government ‘dithering’ over the publication of a major planning document.

Jack Dromey, Labour’s shadow local government minister, accused the government of causing ‘chaos in the planning system’ by delaying the National Planning Policy Framework, which is due this month.

It had been thought that the document would be published prior to parliamentary recess, which begins tomorrow. The Department for Communities and Local Government has now said that it will be published by the end of the month.

Mr Dromey said: ‘Those who invest tens of millions in housing need a framework of certainty before they commit. They tell me that uncertainty holds back investment.

‘The decision of the government [not to publish the framework now] is inexplicable, not least because ministers had previously told me that they recognise the danger of delay and would publish before summer.

‘I also believe parliament should be able to debate the NPPF in parallel with the Localism Bill.’

‘From day one the Government has seemed intent on creating chaos in the planning system. It scrapped the regional spatial strategies without putting in any transitional plans and as result plans to build hundreds of thousands of new homes were binned. It is now creating more chaos.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • Chris

    So nice of them to notice - only a year behind the rest of us!

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