I attended a busy fracking debate this week in Parliament. There is a lot of concern about the Government’s decision to override local planning authorities and local objections by going against these and granting licenses anyway.
Too often, developers' profits take precedence over community priorities. Rather than making changes that will undermine local decision making, we should be giving planning authorities greater powers to put people and communities at the heart of planning.
I questioned whether local communities and residents should be asked to take a huge leap of faith, and you can see my question here.