The Government has said it is prepared to consider further changes to its flagship Localism Bill which contains proposals for major planning reform, including a new tier of land-use plans at neighbourhood level.
Communities and Local Government minister Baroness Hanham stressed that the administration was open to discussion in a number of areas during the Bill’s second reading in the Lords.
“I genuinely say again that we are willing to talk and to listen. We were asked for meetings on a number of subjects, which we will have if people want them. I ask noble Lords to get in touch and we will see where minds meet.” Her comments came in her finishing speech.
In the run-up to the Lords debate decentralisation minister Greg Clark revealed that a further 40 communities from a mix of urban and rural areas were keen to trial new-look neighbourhood plans.
Meanwhile housing minister Grant Shapps urged local communities to make use of new powers in the Bill to “de-clutter” their streets and begin exploring the opportunities provided by the new Community Right to Build measure which would mean some development would not need planning permission.
9 June 2011