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WESTMINSTER WATCH - PLANNING REFORMS WILL LEAD TO LAYERS

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Government proposals to shake up the planning system will lead to a more bureaucratic and less accountable system, ...
Government proposals to shake up the planning system will lead to a more bureaucratic and less accountable system, the Conservatives have claimed.

Shadow DTLR secretary Theresa May told the Town and Country Planning Association, after the reforms there will be more layers to deal with. Ms May said the 'multiplicity of plans will not only be more complex for business and individuals to navigate their way around, but will also put yet more pressure on scarce resources at council level'.

Pointing to an interview with Lord Falconer in which he told LGC he wanted to use counties' planning expertise (LGC, 12 April) she claimed 'counties will pay for the work but will not be making the decisions'.

Delegating more applications to officers rather than councillors, and major infrastructure developments being heard in Parliament will, she said, rob local communities of a say in applications.

'The aim may have been laudable, but the green paper fails to deliver,' said Ms May.
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