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Housing Development (Consultation)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 21st October 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing 10:30 am, 21st October 2010

I am amused that the hon. Gentleman thinks that billions of pounds is little money: it shows how the Opposition thought about taxpayers' money when they were in power. It is a large amount of money and it will make a significant difference. The answer-although I know this is a strange concept to Opposition Members-is something called democracy. It is called asking voters what they want and putting a local plan in place that reflects the local population's wishes, not what the Minister wants here in Whitehall, as happened under the old regional spatial strategies.

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Arnold Tarling
Posted on 25 Oct 2010 2:50 pm (Report this annotation)

£900,000,000 at £200,000 per property built is 4,500 homes. My street has 163 houses in it. The money equates to less than 28 Roads.

I am amused to see that the hon gentleman believes that this will make a significant difference.

Whilst local authorities are made to ask what the locals want they do not have to listen. My experience is that the Local Authorities and councillors never listen.

Democracy is an illusion promulgated by making people think that their opinion counts.