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Local Liberal Democrats have condemned plans by the Government to take away the rights of residents to have a say on new housing developments.
The changes mean developers could go ahead with new housing schemes, without providing extra facilities and services - or local people getting the chance to object.
Decisions on new developments and setting planning rules will be taken away from Buckinghamshire and decided by civil servants with no local knowledge or interest in the views of our community.
Cllr Llew Monger said, "This is another example of the Conservative Government being out of touch - and failing to listen to the concerns of people across the county. Even 6 out of 10 Tory Councillors* say what the government is doing will undermine local democracy."
The Lib Dems are opposing these changes, because residents not Westminster, should have the final say. They believe the proposals will put green space under threat - and mean fewer of the more affordable housing or facilities that Buckinghamshire needs.
*(Source: The Guardian 27/09/2020)
Update 16/12/2020 - The government has backed down. The computer-based formula used to decide where houses should be located has been "updated" to focus more on cities and urban areas in the North and Midlands.
The Liberal Democrats still want local residents to have a say on new housing developments.