Planning deregulation: Anarcho-Capitalist Osborne risks big Tory backlash
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George Osborne plans deregulation of planning laws
Campaigners' fears raised as chancellor calls for
'imaginative' thinking over use of green belt land
Rajeev Syal guardian.co.uk, Sunday 2 September 2012 11.58 BST
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George Osborne has signalled plans for a major
deregulation of planning laws, raising the
prospect of allowing more development of green belt land.
In an interview on Sunday, the chancellor of the
exchequer said he wanted to see more
"imaginative" thinking by planning authorities,
which could allow building on previously protected land.
His words will anger some ministers and members
of the coalition who have campaigned for
protected green belts around urban areas to remain free of development.
The announcement of new legislation, which the
government hopes will be "fast tracked" into law
by October, will also be seen as an
acknowledgement that the economy needs a major injection of capital.
In the interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr,
Osborne acknowledged the difficulties the country
was having in moving out of recession, saying
there was no "magical" solution but insisted that
despite sustained negative growth, progress was being made.
He refused to say whether he would give up his
role as head of the Conservatives' political
strategy in the cabinet reshuffle due to be
announced this week in order to focus on the economy.
Osborne also refused to rule out the option of
building a third runway at Heathrow, saying "all
options" were being considered. Last week,
Downing Street insisted it was sticking to the
coalition policy not to add a new runway, despite
intense pressure from the business sector and Tory backbenches to reconsider.
Osborne said new planning legislation would be
brought before parliament in the next two weeks.
"We will have a specific piece of legislation
published next week so that government can use
the low interest rates we have earned by being
tough on the deficit to underwrite construction
projects including housing," he said.
Asked if this would mean developers would be
allowed to build on green belt land, Osborne
said: "We published our national planning policy
framework in March and we are not preparing to tear that up.
"But if you look for example at Cambridge, they
have been pretty smart about swapping some bits
of the green belt for other bits in other words
allowing some development on the green belt if
you bring in new pieces of land into the green belt.
"Those powers already exist but are not widely
used. I would like to see more," he said.
Planning policy was thought to be a settled issue
after the government backed down on plans to
loosen planning rules earlier this year following
a campaign by the National Trust.
Councils are drawing up new local development
plans to comply with the national planning policy
framework (NPPF) by next April.
Under plans being considered by ministers, local
authorities may no longer be required to hold a
public inquiry if green belt land loses its protected status.
England's green belt covers over 6,000 sq miles
of countryside around towns and cities to prevent urban sprawl.
This week's new bill will enable the government
to guarantee up to £40bn of private sector investment in infrastructure.
Treasury insiders said they were already involved
in talks with 30 companies over the proposed
projects, including proposals for the £600m
Mersey Gateway project, a six-lane toll bridge between Widnes and Runcorn.
A further announcement, also this week, is
expected to set out plans for guaranteeing
construction of new homes, with guarantees worth up to £10bn.
This will be followed by an economy bill which
will set out further help including more planning reforms.
The legislation will be fast tracked in order to
ensure that detailed discussions with commercial
parties can take place as soon as possible. It is
expected to receive royal assent by the end of October.
Osborne said the low level of bank lending was
one of the economy's key weaknesses, and also
proposed a "small business bank" to bring
together existing schemes to boost lending to small businesses.
The prime minister, David Cameron, is expected to
announce new measures to stimulate the housing market on Thursday.
Osborne's plans are likely to be bitterly fought
inside the cabinet, with senior Liberal Democrats
and the communities secretary, Eric Pickles who
negotiated the peace deal over the national
planning policy framework reportedly opposed to further changes.
The chancellor declined to say whether the
announcement was an acknowledgement that the
government's economic strategy was not working.
"They are difficult times for the British
economy, difficult times for the world, but our
economy is healing, jobs are being created. It is
taking time but there is no easy route to a magical recovery," he said.
"This country faces a big question about this
country's future role in the world. I am
determined that we will be in the right place at
the right time to ensure that we are one of the
western economies that thrives in this new world," he said.
Osborne also refused to say whether he would give
up his role as the Tories' senior political
strategist despite demands from backbenchers
that he concentrate on the economy.
The Tory MP for Northampton South, Brian Binley,
called this weekend for Osborne to stand down
from his job to concentrate on winning the next election.
"I am 110% focused on the economy any changes
to the cabinet will be announced by the prime minister," Osborne said.
Cameron has signalled the start of his political
fightback by vowing to "cut through the dither"
that he says is holding Britain back.
As MPs prepare to return to Westminster on Monday
following the summer break, the prime minister
promised a series of high-profile initiatives to
get the country moving again and breathe new life into the flagging economy.
His comments will be seen as a riposte to
discontented Tory MPs who have attacked his
leadership during the recess, with one senior
backbencher suggesting he was a political "mouse".
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Cameron made clear
he was ready to take on his critics bringing
forward controversial measures to boost growth by relaxing planning rules.
He said the country could not afford the
"paralysis" that caused new housing developments
to be held up by entrenched local opposition and lengthy planning inquiries.
"A familiar cry goes up: 'Yes we want more
housing, but no to every development and not in
my back yard.' The nations we're competing
against don't stand for this kind of paralysis and neither must we," he wrote.
"Frankly, I am frustrated by the hoops you have
to jump through to get anything done and I come
back to parliament more determined than ever to
cut through the dither that holds this country back."
Meanwhile, the Tory rightwinger David Davis said
the government must draw up a new, alternative
pro-growth strategy to get the economy moving.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph,
Cameron's former rival for the party leadership
said a further round of spending cuts before the
general election in 2015 was "inevitable".
"The coalition's cuts should have been earlier
and deeper," he said. "This is not about
individual policy areas. This is about something
something deeper. There is an alternative economic policy."
Labour said the government's new proposals to
stimulate growth showed a lack of ideas.
Chris Leslie, the shadow financial secretary to
the Treasury, said the chancellor was desperate
to cling on to his failing plan, regardless of
the long-term damage the IMF had warned it risked doing to the economy.
"We will look closely at the details of any
further changes to the planning system, including
what happens to protections for the green belt.
But this will not address the real reasons why
construction has contracted in the last year,
such as slashed public investment in housing and
the lack of confidence and demand in the economy.
"What we need is a change of course and real
action now to boost jobs and growth, including
genuinely bringing forward infrastructure
projects, a temporary cut in VAT and tax breaks
for small firms taking on extra workers."
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