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WESTMINSTER WATCH - PLANNING NEEDS ATTITUDE AND CASH

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More resources are needed to tackle the problems facing the planning system, MPs have been told. ...
More resources are needed to tackle the problems facing the planning system, MPs have been told.

The call came from both planning professionals and environmental groups in evidence to a House of Commons committee carrying out an inquiry into the planning green paper.

In their submission to the transport, local government and the regions committee the Planning Officers' Society said it welcomes the broad thrust of the proposals but doubts if they would create a sea change by themselves .

'The crucial issues in achieving increased certainty, greater public involvement and faster decisions, all at the same time, are attitude and resources,' its written submission said.

There were fears on plans for business planning zones, where developments would be given a quicker go-ahead.

The POS, the County Surveyors' Society, Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England all raised fears. FoE said these would seriously undermine the ability of councils to control issues such as parking.

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