056Local MP Andrew Gwynne has called on local residents to respond to a new Government consultation on planning protections.

The Government is consulting on further changes to planning permitted development rights and Use Class Orders. These proposed changes will take powers away from local communities like Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons and will make it more difficult for them to shape what is happening on the High Street. They risk poor development in the countryside by removing important planning protections for rural areas.

The Government is proposing to change Use Class Orders and planning permitted development rights to add to the list of circumstances where permission for change of use is not required. The likely result will be much less control for local communities about what sort of development happens in the countryside and in High Streets.

Ed Miliband has launched Labour’s policy to give local authorities powers to develop use classes to suit local needs and put localism into action. He has proposed empowering communities to get actively involved in developing their neighbourhood rather than creating a planning regime that gives communities no say over what is happening in their area.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“This is another slap in the face for local communities from this Government. They talk up localism, but when it comes down to it, they are staging a power grab to stop local residents having their say on what sites are used for.

“I hope residents in Tameside and Stockport will be joining us in telling Pickles what we think of his proposals.”

Submissions can be made at the consultation website here:

The consultation finishes on 15th October 2013.


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