Local MP Welcomes Government Planning Reforms To Put Local Communities At The Heart Of Decision Making

Milton Keynes North MP Ben Everitt has welcomed Government changes to planning laws and hopes this will be the start of wider reforms to fix the housing market.

Today’s announcement will mean cutting red tape, but not standards, and will place a higher regard on quality, design and the environment than ever before.

It will ensure communities will be more involved at a much earlier stage the process, with decisions being simple and transparent, putting local democracy at the heart of the process.

Ben has taken a keen interest in housing since being elected and sits on The Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, as well as chairing the newly formed APPG for the Housing Market and Housing Delivery.

He commented, "Disrupting the slow & adversarial nature of planning will be welcomed by developers & communities alike.

“Too often local people find out about huge planning proposals when it's too late. It makes the whole thing adversarial and hugely frustrating for everyone involved. Getting communities involved much earlier on will really help to build the right houses in the right places much quicker than the current system allows.

“This is a great step in the right direction and we must keep our hand on the throttle when it comes to reforming the wider market.”

You can find out more and read the White Paper on the Planning For The Future consultation here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-planning-for-the-future-consultation-to-reform-the-planning-system