Affordable Housing

Part of Estimates Day — [1st Allotted Day] — Supplementary Estimates 2006-07 – in the House of Commons at 12:48 pm on 7th December 2006.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:48 pm, 7th December 2006

The hon. Lady makes a powerful argument about housing targets. However, she will be aware that on the eastern and western flanks of the city that we represent, the planning authority is not the local authority, but an unelected, unaccountable quango. Does she agree that if any community is to be genuinely sustainable, it must have the support of local people, and that the planning authority should thus be accountable to local people, not the national Government?

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Maureen Winn
Posted on 10 Dec 2006 10:13 pm (Report this annotation)

Thank you for raising the issue that you did. Phyllis Starkey may have been speaking generally but the point of the unelected quango needs to be heard and I feel that it was completely overlooked in her answer.