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GOVERNMENT MUST FIND BETTER WAYS TO IMPROVE THE PLANNING SYSTEM, SAYS COMMONS SELECT COMMITTEE

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The government's proposals to end planning public enquiries are wrong and better ways to improve the planning syste...
The government's proposals to end planning public enquiries are wrong and better ways to improve the planning system are needed, according to the commons select committee on local government planning and the regions.

Committee chairman Andrew Bennett, a Labour MP, told BBC Radio Four's Today programe that the proposals in the planning green paper 'really need work'. The committee had received a lot of evidence about the shortcomings of the green paper, he said.

Mr Bennett said the committee believed there were some good and practicable ideas in the green paper. 'We want to get the sensible things the government is proposing, particularly on development control, into legislation', he told Today.

But the committee did not agree with taking decisions on major projects away from public enquiries. To speed up decisions, he said, 'ministers have got to have the courage to have a national strategy ... for major infrastructure.

'The planning system delays things because of indecision by ministers'.

For more information on this issue, see LGCnet.

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