Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin slams planning system

Ledbury Reporter: Harriett Baldwin has slammed the planning system Harriett Baldwin has slammed the planning system

AN MP in Worcestershire has blasted the planning system – saying new housing and job creation is stalling due to bureaucracy.

Harriett Baldwin, who represents West Worcestershire, used a Westminster Hall debate to voice her frustration.

It comes amid continuing delays in getting the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) agreed because inspector Roger Clews wants it to contain more homes.

Under the blueprint, 23,200 new homes are planned for by 2030, but Mr Clews has ordered councils in Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon to revise it upwards. 

Mrs Baldwin said she has looked at data from other local plans around the UK and found that 80 have yet to be signed off.

She told planning minister Nick Boles: “My first question to the minister is, is this delay in the time it is taking from submitting the plan to having it found ‘sound’ because of a shortage, nationally, of planning inspectors?”

She also asked if it was a “deliberate strategy” to delay approving plans in the hope it might encourage more house building.

Mr Boles agreed to look into her questions and give her a written answer.

After the debate, Mrs Baldwin said: “My own thesis is that this long delay and period of uncertainty is actually hampering growth by creating costly legal battles between communities and developers.

“The sooner planning inspectors can be asked to give weight to our emerging local plan, the better.”

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8:31am Sun 12 Jan 14

b1ackb1rd says...

So ... Taxpayers concerns at our beautiful county being paved over to house the masses because Govt cannot control our borders is now seen as bureaucracy??

Jobs are only created by building houses?? I seem to remember in the run up to the last General Election Dave saying a massive increase in technology jobs would take all the redundant public sector workers. Ha!

Do us all a favour love, cut a bit of bureaucracy yourself by giving us one less candidate to vote for at the next election.
So ... Taxpayers concerns at our beautiful county being paved over to house the masses because Govt cannot control our borders is now seen as bureaucracy?? Jobs are only created by building houses?? I seem to remember in the run up to the last General Election Dave saying a massive increase in technology jobs would take all the redundant public sector workers. Ha! Do us all a favour love, cut a bit of bureaucracy yourself by giving us one less candidate to vote for at the next election. b1ackb1rd
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7:22pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Andy-Apache says...

I think the 'bureaucracy' you refer to Mrs Baldwin, is also known as 'proper procedure', consultation, and investigation into whether this ridiculous amount of new housing is ACTUALLY NECESSARY!

There was an article in a news program the other day suggesting that the economic recovery in the UK is largely down to the housing market. In other words, a castle built of sand.
I think the 'bureaucracy' you refer to Mrs Baldwin, is also known as 'proper procedure', consultation, and investigation into whether this ridiculous amount of new housing is ACTUALLY NECESSARY! There was an article in a news program the other day suggesting that the economic recovery in the UK is largely down to the housing market. In other words, a castle built of sand. Andy-Apache
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8:39am Mon 13 Jan 14

green49 says...

This mob of a government will wreck this country, they already have in many ways yet still blame eveyone else, the planning laws have been completely changed and they will build a block of flats in your back garden if they could, the control is going to see such a massive increase in builds but who is going to buy???
This mob of a government will wreck this country, they already have in many ways yet still blame eveyone else, the planning laws have been completely changed and they will build a block of flats in your back garden if they could, the control is going to see such a massive increase in builds but who is going to buy??? green49
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