Housing White Paper


Planning should be something done with people not to them and being pro-local democracy is not to be against new houses. Distant bureaucrats don’t know the area and don’t live there, those that do should decide. Recent decisions to ignore a neighbourhood plan in Oakley must never be repeated and I’ve already succeeded in changing the law to make sure. With the Government’s Housing White Paper being published this week, I got a guarantee from the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, that no permission should be granted outside the envelope of approved local and neighbourhood plans.