Orders of the Day — Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:03 pm on 17th December 2002.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 6:03 pm, 17th December 2002

It is a side of me that my right hon. Friend has never noticed.

I am merely trying to improve the process, and I shall show how the Bill will slow it down. The most important aspect is that it will remove the democratic checks and balances from the planning mechanism, downgrade the role of local people and drastically enhance the power of Whitehall and the Secretary of State.

An intelligent, thoughtful planning process is likely to help to resolve the crisis in affordable housing, and increase the amount of house building on brownfield sites.