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Clark: Planning has become legalistic

Greg Clark has defended the Government's planning reforms, announced this week, insisting that the previous planning system had become "legalistic".

In an interview with The Times, the Minister for Cities, Decentralisation and Planning said he wanted the reforms to be ones he could "look back on as having improved Britain" and insisted there was no longer any ambiguity over the phrase "sustainable development".


Clark promises planning 'changes'

Planning minister Greg Clark has promised to make changes to the Government's plans to overhaul the planning system after there was strong protest over the proposals. Speaking at a British Property Foundation event, Mr Clark said: "If people responding to the consultation think that various aspects should be more clearly expressed then we are very happy to do so".


Govt reconsiders planning changes

Planning minister Greg Clark denied that the Government is performing a U-turn over its proposals to reform the planning system and said that the Government had a "responsibility" to solve the housing crisis.

Speaking on the Today programme this morning, Mr Clark said: "What we are clear about is that we need to reform the system, it needs to be much simpler. We started with 1,300 pages of national planning policy. It had grown up over the years to be a lawyers paradise. What we have done is to boil it down into a very simple statement of 52 pages". He later appeared on Channel 4 News and said that he was "very happy" to "meet and be constructive" with opponents to the Government's planning changes.

Labour's Jack Dromey has welcomed the news, saying: "It is good news that ministers are now willing to listen to the groups that champion Britain’s countryside and green spaces".

The Government has said that it will look again at controversial new planning proposals and the Planning Minister has said that he is willing to sit down and discuss the issues raised by organisations such as the National Trust, which has claimed that the new planning regulations will open the door to "unchecked and damaging developments" in the UK.

Mr Clark told The Times newspaper that there would, however, be "no change" to the bulk of the proposals to simplify planning laws.


Local mayor elections fast-tracked

Elections for new mayors in up to eleven of Britain's cities are to be fast-tracked to the middle of November in an attempt to boost economic growth and local democracy. Cities Minister Greg Clark will reveal the new timetable today, which begins on 3 May when the eleven cities hold mandatory referendums, asking voters if they want directly elected mayors.


Planning minister facing fresh criticism

Planning Minister Greg Clark is facing renewed criticism over his close relationship with the house-building industry after it emerged that he will speak in favour of the reforms at an event sponsored by one of Britain’s biggest property developers.


Civil servants will help social action projects such as youth groups, the decentralisation minister Greg Clark has pledged. The move is part of the government's "big society" policy and is part of a series of measures to turn Whitehall "upside down".


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