The Times has contacted us about councillors helping developers understand the complexities of the planning system. The journalist initially inferred that there might be a problem with this. We hope we reassured her that anyone that works for us that is also a councillor adheres to our triple lock – abiding by the law, their council’s own code and our code, and never works in their own local authority area – full stop. We also drew her attention to what Eric Pickles said about the matter when he was Secretary of State – “Councillors are not full time politicians. They can, and should have outside jobs and interests. I believe the sunlight of transparency will be the best disinfectant.”
We are passionate about reforming the planning system to make it easier to build homes that are desperately needed. We’re also passionate about engaging with local communities to empower them to say yes to new homes.