Planning minister Brandon Lewis has told a newspaper that he has 'no sympathy' with local authorities 'whingeing' about a lack of resources for planning.
POS is firmly of the view that the Government quite rightly sees planning as a key contributor to economic recovery; but the facts speak for themselves:
Graham Jones, a former POS President , said "No one should be surprised that both the BPF and HBF are asking for better resourced planning departments to bring forward local plans and provide efficient development management, both Govermentt priorities. An increase in planning fees (at no cost to the exchequer) would be a step in the right direction.'
John Silvester, another former Society President and current Comunications Manager, added that "planning is a vital, if under valued service, that is key to improving prosperity and meeting housing needs; but local plans do need to be put in place and a quality DM service provided."
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