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Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 24th March 2014.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 5:18 pm, 24th March 2014

First, the community is represented by the local authority, and, secondly, I think the community has a really important part to play by joining in the process of neighbourhood planning. We have seen from some parts of the country—Thame is probably the best example—that the community took responsibility. It consulted and had a referendum and, from memory, 73% of people voted in favour of the plan. It identified sites for housing development. I think that is the right approach, because for too long, we have had a system where no one has taken responsibility and everyone has pointed the finger at somebody else when it comes to housing supply. That is why we need change.