Government planning power grab
Mid Sussex Lib Dems warn that the Government's planning proposalswill allow developers to ride roughshod over local communities' wishes
Lib Dems in Mid Sussex have led calls to challenge Government's power grab on planning. A motion proposed by Liberal Democrats at Mid Sussex District Council laid bare the risks of the Government's proposals, which the Party argues amount to a Government power grab that will reduce investment in aﬀordable housing in Mid Sussex.
One of the proposals will allow developments of up to 50 units to be exempt from making 'Section 106' contributions for social housing for "an initial period of 18 months". This will undermine the link between new developments and delivering homes that are genuinely aﬀordable for local people. Since 2015/16, Mid Sussex has itself obtained 146 aﬀordable homes from sites with less than 50 units.This will be acutely felt in villages like ours where homes are least aﬀordable, and developments tend to be smaller.
In addition, proposals in the planning white paper signiﬁcantly reduce any local say in planning. Residents will have just one chance to comment on a district plan when areas get 'zoned' for future development. The current system where a second chance to comment is allowed on the detail of each planning application will be taken away. Cllr Rodney Jackson says:"People living in Mid Sussex are best placed to make sure planning decisions shape our communities for the better. But this Conservative Government's planning reforms will strip all that away."