Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed new powers that will be given to local councils as part of the Government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.
Following a recent meeting with the new housing Minister to discuss the planning changes coming in the Levelling Up Bill, the Lewes MP is pleased to be backing the new measures which will take the heat out of the South East in terms of housing.
Changes through Parliament then it will help us protect our green spaces from the onslaught of development we have seen in recent months. Some of the changes will include;
• Making health a statutory consultee in planning so GPs and hospitals can object if they can’t cope with the scale of development in an area
• Brownfield first policy to protect our green spaces
• Strengthening Local Plans - if an application is not in it , it shouldn't be approved
• Ending the five year land supply requirement which puts local plans out of date
• Ending the current housing target methods which put so much pressure on local councils
Councils will also be given greater powers to enforce planning and undertake compulsory purchase orders, both of which would help Lewes District Council in dealing with the problems at Talland Parade.
Maria Caulfield MP said “The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will transform planning making it easier to protect our precious green spaces and giving Councils such as Lewes and Wealden District additional powers to carry out planning enforcement or make compulsory purchases of sites.
“These new powers would be able to help in situations such as the ongoing saga at Talland Parade in Seaford, where Lewes District Council have so far failed to use their existing powers of enforcement. I welcome this wide ranging Bill and hope that it will swiftly become law to improve planning, protect our precious green spaces and give local councils more powers.”