Saturday, 10 September 2011

The Guardian: "Ministers accused of 'hypocrisy' over relaxation of planning regulations"

Link to The Guardian

"All the government ministers pushing through a controversial relaxation of planning regulations have opposed developments in their own constituencies.

"The Guardian revelations leave the chancellor, George Osborne, and Eric Pickles and his ministers in the Department for Communities and Local Government accused of 'breathtaking hypocrisy' for saying major changes to planning laws are vital to boost economic growth and ease the shortage of homes, while fighting such developments in their own backyards."

In August 2010, Osborne was the first of 25,000 people to sign a petition against an energy-from-waste plant in his Cheshire constituency. He is also honorary president of a campaign against a second local incinerator.

Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, also campaigned against a waste facility, a composting site at Stondon Massey in his Essex constituency, saying approval would 'open the doors for our county to become the waste dump for the south-east'.

Plus: "Planning policy minister faces strong opposition from Tory heartlands"

Greg Clark must win over his Tunbridge Wells
constituency, where councillor warns 
shift in planning law is 'political suicide'

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