Prime Minister confirms residents will still have a say on planning after reforms

Boris Johnson confirmed in Prime Minister’s Questions that residents will still have a say on planning in their local community following reforms to the planning system.

Many of those opposed to planning reforms have been telling residents that the reforms will see them no longer being able to have a say in developments, but this has now been confirmed to be false by the Prime Minister.

Theresa Villiers MP asked the Prime Minister if he could “promise that the forthcoming planning Bill will not restrict the right of residents to have their say over what is built in their neighbourhood?”

In response the Prime Minister said “Yes, indeed. Yes, because I will not have this misrepresented by the Liberal Democrats in the way that they do. I will not have it misrepresented by anybody, because what we want to do is ensure that we give young people in this country the chance of home ownership, which the Labour party would ruthlessly deny them. What we want to do, by our levelling-up agenda, is to help young people across the country and to make sure, by the way, that we relieve pressure on the overheating south-east and ensure that we build back better across the whole UK. That is the objective of our planning Bill.”

Maria Caulfield MP said “I am delighted that the Prime Minister has made clear what I have been saying locally for many months. Residents will still be able to have a say in local planning decisions in their communities. This is something that many residents were particularly concerned. We are under a lot of pressure from developers wanting to build on our greenspaces locally. This hasn’t been helped by the Green/Lib Dem led Lewes District Council failing to keep their Local Plan up to date. Residents still being able to have a say in planning applications which will enable us to show developers our clear objections to their inappropriate plans and I am glad that the Prime Minister has confirmed this will still be the case.”