Clause 89

Part of Localism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 15th February 2011.

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Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich 5:30 pm, 15th February 2011

The hon. Gentleman reinforces my case. I believe that London will survive the proposals reasonably well because there is continuity here, but in many areas outside London we will see considerable problems because of the absence of a wider perspective from either regional spatial strategies or Government guidance, which would help to ensure that need was met in those areas. The danger is that in many areas we will see unpopular needs ignored or overridden simply in the interests of the short-term priorities of resident populations that do not want new housing. That will be a breach of the balance that we have to achieve in our planning policy, and I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman has accepted that that is necessary.