Labour councillors in Stevenage, following the council resolution passed last Wednesday, have renewed calls for a united front against the Government’s Developers’ Charter as new polling reveals 80% oppose plans to prevent local people from having a say over new developments in our community.
The calls come as Labour works towards securing a unanimous statement from the council in opposition to Government plans.
Labour Spokesperson Cllr John Gardner said;
“The whole country is uniting against the dreadful plans to prevent local people from having a say over new developments in our communities. Now it’s time for local leaders to send a clear message – Stevenage says no to the Developers’ Charter.
“We have to build more homes, but we have to do it the right way. Under this Conservative Government’s plans local people would have no right to a say over anything built in Stevenage, from ugly and unsightly buildings to slums and bad developments over our treasured green spaces. That has to be wrong.
“It’s now time for councillors from all parties to back our message to government so Stevenage can stand together and defeat these outrageous proposals.”
According to a poll commissioned by the Conservative-led Local Government Association, 8 in 10 residents want to be able to have their say on all new homes built in their local community. 82% felt it was important to be able to comment on individual plans for all housing developments in their local area. Nearly half (49 per cent) said it was “very” important while a third (32 per cent) said “fairly” important.
Latest figures show more than 1.1 million homes given planning permission over the past decade are yet to be built, and councils are approving nine in 10 planning applications. There is also land for more than one million additional homes already allocated in Local Plans which developers have not yet brought forward to planning application stage.
The Labour resolution objecting to these drastic changes to the planning system was passed at the council meeting on Wednesday 21st July. We hoped it would enable us to show a united front against the Developer’s Charter and it was supported by Labour and Liberal Democrat members with the local Conservatives abstaining,