COVID-19 has demonstrated the incredible spirit of communities as they united to support each other and fight this deadly virus
As we move forward, it should be they who drive the national recovery with the power and voice to shape their local area so it is somewhere they are proud to live, work and enjoy their time in, and where everyone has an opportunity to reach their full potential.
People want their local area to have high-quality affordable homes built in the right places, supported by the right infrastructure, which provides enough schools, promotes greener and more active travel, and tackles climate change.
This can only be achieved through a local planning system with public participation at its heart which enables councils to deliver resilient, prosperous places that meet the needs of their communities. It means beautiful areas and better homes.
Any suggestion that planning is a barrier to housebuilding is a myth. Nine in 10 planning applications are approved by councils, while more than a million homes given planning permission in the last decade have not yet been built.
Taking further planning powers away from communities and councils will only deprive them of the ability to define the area they live in and know best and risks giving developers the freedom to ride roughshod over local areas.
If the country is to come back stronger from COVID-19, then local communities must be at the heart of the recovery.
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Cllr James Jamieson
Chairman, Local Government Association (LGA)
Cllr Mark Crane
Lead member for stronger communities, District Councils' Network
Cllr Philip Atkins
Spokesperson for housing and planning, County Councils Network
Cllr Sue Baxter
Chairman, National Association of Local Councils
Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute
Chief Executive, CPRE
President, Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT)
Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association
Director, The Institute of Historic Building Conservation
President, Planning Officers Society
Executive Director, Civic Voice
Peter Eversden MBE
Chair, London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
President, Royal Institute of British Architects
Cllr Cecilia Motley
Chair, Rural Services Network
Chief Executive, Localis
Cllr Adele Morris
Deputy Chair, LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board
Cllr Liz Green
Vice Chair, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board
Baroness Thornhill MBE
Vice President, LGA
Cllr Phil King
Leader, Harborough District Council
Cllr Gavin Callaghan
Leader, Basildon Borough Council
Cllr Ben J Martin
Cabinet Member for Housing, Swale Borough Council
Cllr Theresa Burton
Runnymede District Council
Cllr Heather Kidd
Cllr Alan Connett
National Lead Member Peer, LGA Liberal Democrats
Cllr Ruth Dombey
Vice Chair, LGA
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