Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:07 pm on 29th January 2010.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 2:07 pm, 29th January 2010

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that clarification.

It is important that the negotiation of planning obligations does not unnecessarily delay the planning process, thereby holding up development. Would the measures in the Bill add a layer of complexity to planning obligations that would clog up the planning system? How would they tie in specifically with the new community infrastructure levy?

Clearly the Government's plans to scale back the application of section 106 agreements will effectively make the optional community infrastructure levy system virtually compulsory. In the long term, would the Bill be an effective means of providing more residential properties and improving our existing housing stock? Finally, is there not a clear message from the industry that the Government must clarify how the proposed levy will work alongside section 106 agreements? Perhaps those specific issues will be considered if the Bill gets to Committee.

We have significant concerns about the Bill, but we welcome the opportunity to debate this important subject. I look forward to listening to the Minister's response.

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