Monday, September 14, 2009
Vote NIMBY, go NIMBY
"Caroline Spelman, shadow communities secretary, has written to councils warning them not to make decisions on controversial planning issues until after the general election. She promised them they would be able to â€œput the brakesâ€ on any elements of regional spatial strategies that they found â€œundesirableâ€. Ms Spelman also told local authorities that a Tory government would not pay â€œa penny of compensationâ€ to speculative developers that saw their plans fall by the wayside.... Bob Neill, shadow local government minister, said there was evidence the government was pressing councils to sign up to â€œunsustainable housing targetsâ€ and removing green belt land."