Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 28th February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Campbell-Savours Lord Campbell-Savours Labour 4:45 pm, 28th February 2017

My Lords, it is 43 years since I was on a planning committee and I am sure that the law has changed a lot. However, when I was an MP, I became involved in a case in the Lake District in which someone built a building without planning permission, and there was subsequently a row. The conclusion I drew was: “Knock it down”. The law allows too much flexibility. The noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock, mentioned risk. People are prepared to take a risk, and the only way in which we can make this law work well is if we are far more vigorous in its application.