• Local MPs urge Pickles on planning consultant councillors

    4th June 2013 | News | Claire
  • The Pulman’s View from series reports today that Messrs Swire and Parish have written to Mr Pickles, presumably prompted by concerns over “Browngate.”

    They are quoted as saying:  “Planning is the area in which local authority decisions have the greatest impact on their constituents.

    “It is also an area in which a comparatively small number of people have final say over whether development takes place.

    “We believe that giving local authorities greater power to prevent such a conflict of interest from occurring again would help restore public confidence in the planning system.”

    It is good that Mr Swire and Parish have taken action in this way but surely this should not be a matter for individual authorities but a hard and fast rule….. which the Local Government Association and Planning Advisory Service have fortunately already been quick to put into their latest guidance, published just last month.

    I am assuming that our MPs were not aware of the new guidance and are not arguing that the new tougher rules should be a matter for individual councils to decide.

    These new rules outlined in the new guidance will be debated by councillors on the EDDC Standards Committee on Tuesday 18 June at 10am, in the committee room at Knowle.  The meeting is open to the press and public.

    See previous blog on the subject – http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/eddc_standards_cttee_to_debate_new_planning_agent_rules/