Bradford MP David Ward calls Tories' move 'laughable'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MP David Ward MP David Ward

Controversial government proposals to reform the planning system which critics fear would see Bradford’s green spaces under threat were dealt a blow after the Liberal Democrats called for them to be scrapped.

A packed hall at the party’s conference in Brighton voted almost unanimously to oppose the Government's proposals, which would allow single-storey extensions – including conservatories – to be built without planning permission for a limited period.

In addition, they would ease the requirement on developers to include a proportion of ‘affordable’ homes in their schemes, and would remove planning powers from local councils that Ministers believe are guilty of poor-quality or slow decision-making.

Despite a plea from Communities Minister Don Foster, who was the only speaker to oppose the motion, the party members voted in favour of a motion saying the changes “ignore local democracy, will fail to protect local communities and will encourage more neighbourhood disputes”.

The Government claims it will stimulate the economy, but Bradford East Lib Dem MP David Ward said: “The Tories keep saying ‘slacken planning rules and suspend other rules’ but there are 400,000 homes across the country which have been given planning permission but are not being built.

“We need confidence in the sector and to be proactive and find funding for social housing, not say people can do what they like. Conference has rejected these proposals – there is a very strong feeling that allowing someone to extend their property and the economy will improve is laughable.

“I agree we need a growth strategy but we cannot fiddle at the edges. I fear allowing people to adapt their properties as they wish will also cause problems with neighbours.”

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3:29pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Neil Mclaughlin says...

Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house.
Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house. Neil Mclaughlin

3:29pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Neil Mclaughlin says...

Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house.
Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house. Neil Mclaughlin

3:32pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Neil Mclaughlin says...

Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house.
Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house. Neil Mclaughlin

9:02am Fri 28 Sep 12

Willard says...

Good grief , just how big is that extension Neil??
Good grief , just how big is that extension Neil?? Willard

9:10am Fri 28 Sep 12

Willard says...

I am really worried about 'the removal of planning powers from local councils' who will there be then to say to Barrats, Taylor Wimpey and others, that they can have anything they want in Bradford, even build on Ilkley Moor if they want, as long as they keep banking that brown land and delaying the regeneration of our city wards. Yep, I sure would hate to see a reduction in our fine planning department's powers of veto. We could end up with a really badly planned out city with poor roads, long travel times to centres of employment (joke) issues with floods and not enough local school places.
I am really worried about 'the removal of planning powers from local councils' who will there be then to say to Barrats, Taylor Wimpey and others, that they can have anything they want in Bradford, even build on Ilkley Moor if they want, as long as they keep banking that brown land and delaying the regeneration of our city wards. Yep, I sure would hate to see a reduction in our fine planning department's powers of veto. We could end up with a really badly planned out city with poor roads, long travel times to centres of employment (joke) issues with floods and not enough local school places. Willard

12:57pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Bone_idle18 says...

You can't just build on Greenbelt, there are still going to be rules in place!
You can't just build on Greenbelt, there are still going to be rules in place! Bone_idle18

1:00pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Bone_idle18 says...

Neil Mclaughlin wrote:
Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house.
It can only be a single story extension and no more than 50% of the garden. Would you neighbours extension breach either of those rules? you might still be ok.

you'd like to think that people are considerate to neighbours, but I suspect a lot aren't.
[quote][p][bold]Neil Mclaughlin[/bold] wrote: Lets hope common sense prevails, we have just spent 6 months waiting for our neighbours 5.6m extension plans to be refused. Then we here that under the new proposals it would be allowed. This would be devastaing on our quality of life. It would be idiotic to allow people to build upto 6m extensions for a terraced house.[/p][/quote]It can only be a single story extension and no more than 50% of the garden. Would you neighbours extension breach either of those rules? you might still be ok. you'd like to think that people are considerate to neighbours, but I suspect a lot aren't. Bone_idle18

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