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MPs tend not to get over-involved in planning

Date: 2/6/2017

Planning magazine reports that anti-development campaigns can pose problems for planners.

Mike Kiely, Chair of the Planning Officers Society, said that in his experience MPs have traditionally "tended not to get over-involved in planning. They may pass on the views of their constituents, but they've kept it at arms' length". But where either majorities are tight, or where development plans are genuinely a major local concern, they don't always have a choice.

The politicisation of decisions poses problems for planners; according to the POS's Kiely this is inevitable. "Times of heightened political tension should be avoided because of the possibility of bad decisions. Judging a controversial scheme around an election just makes a difficult job more difficult."

MikeKiely3web.jpg Mike Kiely


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