Planning change ‘won’t help families’
LIBERAL Democrats in West Lancashire have criticised proposed reforms of the planning system which they say will not fix the housing crisis.
The Government plans a host of changes designed to ‘cut red tape’ which includes removing the need for permission to demolish some empty commercial buildings and replace them with housing.
Other changes will see homeowners allowed to add two extra floors to their houses without registering an application.
But the Lib Dems argue that the delays linked to house building aren’t caused by the planning system and that the Government should instead focus its attention on building homes itself.
They say the proposals will not help those who are stuck on waiting lists and fear that zoning plans risk “leaving whole areas behind”.
Instead, the party is ‘‘This is unacceptable. calling for “an urgent With councils across the house building programme”, country approving nine with proposals out of ten planning applications, to build it is obvious that 100,000 social reforming planning laws homes for rent will not help people on every year. waiting lists or struggling
David to afford a home in West Thomas, the Lancashire. Liberal Democrat “The Liberal Democrats spokesperson want to see 100,000 new social homes built for West Lancashire, every year, and for West told Lancashire Borough the Advertiser: Council to have the power “Across West to suspend the right to Lancashire, 889 families buy, so that we can finally are stuck on the housing start tackling the housing waiting list. crisis in the local area.”