Joint approach for lobbying Government on Planning Framework

Telford & Wrekin Council’s leader has welcomed the leader of Shropshire Council’s decision of the to join him in a campaign to persuade Government of the inequity of the National Planning Policy Frame

Joint approach for lobbying Government on Planning Framework

Cllr Kuldip Sahota had last month asked Keith Barrow to join him as part of a delegation to meet Government to persuade it to change the rules around planning which has opened the door for unwelcome large scale planning applications for housing which councils are virtually powerless to fight.

Councillor Barrow has now helped set up meeting with Minister Brandon Lewis and Cllr Sahota will seek to involve Telford & Wrekin’s two MPs as well as asking the leaders of the opposition groups on the Council to join this.

Cllr Sahota made the approach after Cllr Barrow described the NPPF as “a terrible piece of guidance” saying that it has caused problems over planning applications and that the Government would be well placed to leave councils alone and let them get on with what they were doing.

Cllr Kuldip Sahota said: “Our two councils are united in our desire to make it clear to Government the deep felt anger here at the changes the NPPF has forced on to councils and that we want to persuade Government that this must change.

“We are a council that is delivering on the growth agenda as required by Government, but we want to be in control of where development takes place which the current system does not allow us to do

“It is clear that Councillor Barrow’s concerns are very similar to ours and that a united front can only help to highlight our concerns and those of our residents.”