Councils warn planning changes favour developers

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “The newspapers are full of this story this morning. It could have huge implications for the proposals to develop thousands of homes within what is currently Green-Belt land in South Staffordshire. I feel that we must make as much protest as possible so that Local views are fully taken on board…..not just left to property developers to set and drive planning proposals.”

Councils warn planning changes favour developers
Councils have warned the Government that new planning rules have created a developers’ charter that could see local objections to house building ignored to hit targets.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced yesterday that housebuilders will be able to ignore local plans for mapping areas for homes if fewer than 75% of those required by Whitehall targets for 2020 are constructed.

It means developers will have the power to override a rejection of planning permission by appealing over local councillors. LGA chair Lord Porter said: “It is hugely disappointing that the Government has not listened to our concerns about nationally set housing targets, and will introduce a delivery test that punishes communities for homes not built by private developers.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more