Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Minister, responding to details of the Government’s announcement on planning changes, said:
“The Government wants to blame the planning system for its own economic failure but this is simply delusional.
“Today’s announcement promised to kick-start construction by allowing developers to force renegotiation of affordable housing obligations. But the fact is local authorities are already able to renegotiate section 106 agreements and a huge number are doing so. Forcing this upon communities and councils is anti-localism and threatens to leave us with social polarisation and even fewer affordable homes - just when we need them most.
“The announcement also contained worrying news for Local Authorities, who may have to pay significant legal costs for challenging development and who risk losing their power to decide planning applications if they are deemed to be failing by Whitehall. This flies in the face of the community led planning that the Localism Act – not yet a year old – was supposed to establish.”