Clause 14 - Applications to amend registers: modifcation of power to provide for fees

Part of Growth and Infrastructure Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 4th December 2012.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 10:15 am, 4th December 2012

My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and indeed it is coming up in the early stages of the evaluation of the neighbourhood planning process that not all communities are equally able to undertake neighbourhood planning. It is actually the most disadvantaged areas of the country that are losing out yet again; those are exactly the areas that need additional resources to help them to undertake neighbourhood planning, but those resources are not forthcoming.

I would be very grateful if the Minister could address the fees issues and the whole neighbourhood planning issue in his response to the debate.