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Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, and Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, have commented on the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the National Trust, and the RSPB’s study Inexpensive Progress? which finds that the Tory-led Government’s proposed planning system changes are likely to have little or no effect on growth and could undermine public wellbeing.

Mary Creagh said:

"This new study show that the collapse in house-building is caused by lack of bank lending, and companies hoarding cash and land as a buffer against economic uncertainty rather than environmental protections.Strong environmental protections are key to creating green jobs and sustainable homes yet the government has blamed planning rules in order to distract attention away from its own disastrous economic management."

Hilary Benn said:

"George Osborne says these Tory planning reforms promote growth and protect our countryside. Now we know that's not true. We could do both. But these out of touch planning reforms will do neither. And they will create chaos in the system just at the time when people are desperate for more homes to be built."

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