Lib Dem Council Opposes Tory Planning Proposals


Tory proposals to change the planning laws in favour of developers could remove the right of local people to have their views on planning applications taken into account and lead to a development free for all say North Norfolk Liberal Democrats.

New housingA motion calling on local MPs Duncan Baker and Jerome Mayhew and the Government to protect the right of communities to object to individual planning applications was approved at tonight’s full meeting of North Norfolk District Council.

The motion was put forward by Councillor John Toye, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Enforcement, in response to the Government's Planning Bill, which includes proposals to stop local opponents blocking development in designated "growth zones."

Councillor Toye said the proposals will weaken the rights of residents – and the ability of local authorities like North Norfolk District Council to undertake appropriate consultation over planning applications in their communities.

In support Councillor Paul Heinrich cited the sterling work of NNDC officers in working with the community to create a high quality and exemplary development brief for the large North Walsham West Development. He noted that the government’s policies would allow developers to ignore the brief and build what they liked without regard to local housing needs, infrastructure or the environment.

The motion was passed by full council following a vote and reads:

“North Norfolk District Council believes that planning works best when developers and the local community work together to shape local areas and deliver necessary new homes; and therefore calls on our local MPs – Duncan Baker and Jerome Mayhew and the Government to protect the right of communities to object to individual planning applications.”


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