Outcry over government’s ‘growth at any cost’ planning reform bill

The government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill has drawn criticism from various quarters. Concerns surround a conflict with its ‘localism’ agenda

Proposed changes to planning law have drawn strong criticism from green campaigners who say it could marginalise environmental considerations.

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill,1 currently being scruitinised by the Public Bill Committee, is an attempt to amend various pieces of legislation on infrastructure, minerals and the economy.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles says the bill is intended to promote growth by making planning applications less bureaucratic and time consuming.

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