In the past residents of areas set to be developed have been able to challenge their local council against planning applications, however, according to the prime minister the ability to challenge residential and commercial property developments is about to become much more restricted. The government claims that this will help drive economic growth and this must be the priority.

The Prime Minister has said that the legal right for a judge to review development plans must be reconsidered as the right has been abused in the past and he blames solicitors and campaign groups for always taking advantage of this planning right. He feels that it has held up developments and wasted many developers time which is overall bad for businesses and economic growth.

Some of the planning changes that can be expected include, shortening the time limit for applying for a review from three months and reducing the number of times an appeal can take place, from four to two.

The plans have of course met with some opposition from interest groups, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England. A spokesman for the group has said that this removes the right that residents have to protect their local area and to challenge changes that impact on their lives.

He said: “Putting this option further out of reach for many people will only make it even harder for local people to take a democratic role in planning decisions where they live.” fect them for life and by 2060 housing benefit for the older generation will be even high as people begin to retire without having ever owned their own home.

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