Today Labour secured a vote and debate in the House of Commons on legislation that will stop local people objecting to inappropriate developments.
Apsana Begum, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, home to the disputed Westferry printworks development, said
“It was no surprise these planning reforms were announced just after the controversy surrounding the Westferry Printworks Development in my constituency – which many viewed to be further evidence that this Government is more interested in serving billionaires rather than the interests of local people.
“The planning system isn’t fit for purpose and we need more transparency and accountability – not the deregulation of the measures in Parliament today.
“And – yes – the voices of local people should be at the heart of any planning system and it should deliver for our wonderful diverse population that has been let down by the Tories and their billionaire mates for far too long.”