LET LOCAL PEOPLE DECIDE THE HOUSES WE NEED AROUND WORCESTER SAYS LUFF
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LET LOCAL PEOPLE DECIDE THE HOUSES WE NEED AROUND WORCESTER SAYS LUFF

During question time in the Commons yesterday, Tuesday, Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff urged the government to “to tear up the west midlands regional spatial strategy and to allow local communities to decide exactly how many houses they need and precisely where they should go”. But the government insisted that it would go ahead with its plans to impose its housing figures on the south of the county.
Peter Luff said to the Communities and Local Government Secretary, John Denham,

“Given the consensus that exists in areas such as south Worcestershire about the need for more homes-and for more affordable homes, in particular-may I urge the Secretary of State, even at this late stage, to tear up the west midlands regional spatial strategy and to allow local communities to decide exactly how many houses they need and precisely where they should go?”

John Denham replied,

“It is important that the combination of local, regional and national policy should be used to secure sufficient homes to meet the needs of families in this country in the future. We have rejected calls to scrap regional spatial strategies and planning targets and to leave everything to decision making at local level because we know full well that the house building industry would grind to a halt, that land would not be available, that growth would be slowed and that the needs of this country's families would not be met. The house building industry is terrified by the prospect of such a policy being brought into play.”

Commenting, Peter said,

“This government just doesn’t trust people – it prefers to impose the views of remote bureaucrats in regional organisation and Whitehall departments. People living around Worcester city will be horrified to see this confirmation of the government’s contempt for their views.

“The Conservative Party alone remains committed to trusting local communities to reach these judgements – and that means tearing up the Regional Spatial Strategy and restoring real democracy to the planning process.”

ENDS


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