CPRE continues to focus on the damaging proposals to deregulate planning and responses by members have shown how small but co-ordinated local actions can have a big impact.
On Thursday 8 October, Conservative backbench MP Bob Seely led a debate on planning and housing, addressing both the 'Changes to the current planning system' consultation and the Planning for the Future White Paper. Almost 6,000 CPRE supporters had emailed their MP asking them to attend, contributing to the huge success of the debate.
CPRE was mentioned seven times by six different MPs from both sides of the House. Mike Amesbury MP even said ‘We’ve all had CPRE emails…’, alluding to all the time CPRE members put into emailing and contacting MPs on this issue.
In total, 46 MPs spoke against the planning proposals, of which 33 were Conservative MPs, including ex-Prime Minister Theresa May, and two ex-Cabinet Ministers Jeremy Hunt and Damian Green.
Click here to watch a video of the highlights and you can read the Hansard transcript of the debate here. Quite a few more were meant to speak but there wasn’t enough time. If you want to know if your MP spoke, or was scheduled to speak, you can check the Hansard link or email Emma Atkins at EmmaA@cpre.org.uk.
CPRE met with shadow planning minster, Mike Amesbury, and other members of the joint coalition before the debate, is following up with the MPs who spoke, focusing on Conservative MPs and has recently met with two Labour MPs.
Clive Betts is the Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Select Committee, and he told CPRE that the Committee is launching an inquiry into the government’s planning proposals (you can find out more about it here).
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