Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council have opposed Boris Johnson's plans to take local people and their council representatives out of the planning process in Cornwall.
The Government’s Business and Planning Bill, devised by Dominic Cummings to reduce local say on inappropriate development, was announced by Boris Johnson in Parliament today. The Tories have attempted to rush the legislation through by limiting debate in the Commons, employing an ‘all stages debate’.
The bill would give the Bristol based Planning Inspectorate more power over building developments in Cornwall, and would limit Cornwall’s ability to refuse planning applications. The bill will also relax requirements to publicise planning applications, reducing local people’s say in planning decisions.
Dulcie Tudor, Liberal Democrat Chair of Strategic Planning said:
“Boris Johnson says the Tories want to “Build Build Build”. The last time a Conservative Prime Minister said those very same words (David Cameron in 2011) it meant giving the whip hand to developers who’ve since built hundreds of unaffordable homes in locations across Cornwall. Developments that were refused by Cornwall Council but won on appeal to Government Inspectors.
“Today the Government seems intent on forcing through more deregulation, this time under the guise of providing infrastructure, which takes local decision making out of the planning process altogether. The Council will have no say about what is built or where, while the only true beneficiaries will be the major house builders and their ever increasing profits.”
Malcolm Brown, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group said:
"I have been a member of Planning Committees in Cornwall since the 1990s and a large part of my casework has always been about planning. I have seen countless examples of how London has imposed planning decisions and policies on Cornwall that have been bad and highly damaging. I also feel that the Conservative Party are far too close to the big housebuilders who care about profits not building communities. The people of Cornwall should be frightened about how this dictatorial government is acting".