Jonathan Evans calls for massive reform on planning laws

11/12/09

Jonathan Evans has pledged to work for a massive reform of UK planning laws to put local communities ‘back in the driving seat’ when new development is proposed.

‘Over the summer many people in Cardiff have been alarmed to hear of proposed planning changes in our local communities. It may be true that many of these schemes will never get off the ground, but the whole procedure concerning planning decisions now lacks public confidence.

Too often, local communities are seeing their priorities over-ruled by Welsh Assembly inspectors. To add insult to injury local councillors are warned not to express opinions on development proposals on legal grounds.

All of this can unfairly undermine public confidence in locally elected representatives.

It is time to put local communities back in the driving seat when development plans are considered.