Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has issued a statement on the recently-announced planning reforms.
As previously reported by Island Echo, the Government has set out plans to overhaul an ‘outdated’ planning system and reform the way the country builds.
The landmark changes will transform a system that has long been criticised for being too sluggish in providing housing for families, key workers and young people and too ineffectual in obligating developers to properly fund the infrastructure – such as schools, roads and GP surgeries – to support them.
Speaking about the proposed changes, Bob Seely has said:
“I will be looking at these proposals very carefully.
“Whilst some planning reform may be valuable, I want to make sure that this is right for the Island. If it is, then we will work to get the best new rules we can. If it isn’t, I’ll be seeking to change them.
“The targets we have at the moment are not fit for purpose and are inflated. The current system means that sometimes the wrong houses are built in the wrong places. It is not good for either local communities or those needing housing.
“On the Island and throughout the country, we need more local community involvement and support in the planning process, not less. We need to get rid of ‘land-banking’ and other developer ploys that undermine the planning process.
“I will be working closely with local community groups on the Island to make sure we all understand how these processes may work, and how we can make them work for the Island.”
“I will publicise more details about the Island Plan and housing targets next month.”