Following on from recent calls to dismantle planning, Mr MacDonald told Conservatives at their annual conference in Bournemouth that calls to reduce or remove planning could lead to real threats to the environment and a worsening of the effects of climate change, to development without the necessary social and physical infrastructure to support it, to greater social exclusion and to a lack of investment in development as investor uncertainty grew.
Mr MacDonald did agree that, improvements can be made to the planning process and to policy and called for:
- National and regional spatial investment plans
- A greater recognition of the burdens on services experience by those areas that do accept growth
- Partnership working between local authorities and developers to achieve the best outcomes for local communities - including greater involvement by elected members
- An end to the pernicious culture of quantitative targets and its replacement by measures that reward quality