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Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:47 pm on 29th January 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright Opposition Whip (Commons) 1:47 pm, 29th January 2010

Although I do not disagree with the hon. Gentleman's argument, may I draw his attention to the concern that his Bill raises? It may be something that he intends to deal with, in which case I apologise for diverting him. He has explained clearly the difficulties that councils face in providing enough housing. There is huge pressure on them to do so. As I understand it, the original purpose of section 106 agreements and planning obligations was to prevent a failure to provide the necessary infrastructure to go with those housing developments. If he enables councils to spend that money on housing, are we in danger not only of failing to solve the problem of inadequate infrastructure, but of adding to it by bringing in more housing without that attendant infrastructure?

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