Strong reform of planning policy is needed to help speed up the building of more homes in Staffordshire, Philip Atkins the Leader of Staffordshire County Council has said.
Speaking after the Prime Minister Theresa May pledged that planning rules will be re-written to: Cut red tape, use land more efficiently, fast track planning permissions and put local plans in place to give communities more control.
Philip Atkins welcomed the news – but said the reforms still needed to go further – with county councils playing a greater role in creating the right conditions necessary to give more working people the keys to their own homes.
“I am pleased that the government has recognised that the current planning system is flawed and needs to change. However, the reforms still need to be strengthened further to ensure that local county areas have the infrastructure needed to support new homes and sustainable development.
“Like cities, we need to be able take a strategic view to better align infrastructure with housing development and we would like to see even greater collaborative working between our district and borough partners, who are responsible for planning control and ourselves as the county-wide infrastructure lead, in the urgent delivery of more homes.”
Philip, in his role as Vice Chairman of the County Council Networks and its national spokesman on planning, housing and infrastructure, was part of representatives from a coalition of national organisations to call on the house secretary Sajid Javid to act now to bring together the different district and borough and county council responsibilities on a more formal basis.