MP says 'No' to quangos
PUBLISHED: 14:11 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010
EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire has expressed concern over new laws he says will take away power from local people across Devon on planning issues". Among the new laws going before Parliament are the new unelected Homes and Communities Agency, with powers to se
EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire has expressed concern over new laws he says will "take away power from local people across Devon on planning issues".Among the new laws going before Parliament are the new unelected Homes and Communities Agency, with powers to seize land, enter private property and act as its own planning authority, the Infrastructure Planning Commission, which will take complete control of planning permissions for large developments like airports, power stations, motorways, sewage plants and hazardous landfill sites and unelected Regional Development Agencies, which will adopt all the powers of the unelected Regional Assemblies, but with no local councillor involvement.Mr Swire said: "After 10 years of Labour, the number of people who own their home is now falling for the first time. "Labour's planning laws and Whitehall targets have clogged up the planning system, and weakened the say of local residents. "Ever higher stamp duty and soaring council tax bills have made it so difficult for people in East Devon to get a foot on the first rung of the housing ladder."Gordon Brown is now showing his true control freak instincts with an army of new quangos on the march. "The planning system needs reform, but the voice of local communities must be loud and clear.