UK Politics

Conservative Party: New homes and jobs through 'Open Source Planning'

News   •   Feb 23, 2010 10:24 GMT

David Cameron has unveiled plans to reform England's broken planning system, which he described as "one of the biggest shifts in power for decades".

'Open Source Planning', our planning green paper, outlines proposals to use 'open source democracy' and neighbourhood involvement to encourage sustainable development.

Whitehall targets and unelected quangos will be scrapped, to be replaced with a democratic system for national infrastructure and incentives to promote local homes and jobs.

Launching the paper in a speech to the Post-Bureaucratic Age conference in London, David said our plans show "how a system that was controlled by a few can be run by the many".

Caroline Spelman, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, described Labour's planning system as "bad for democracy, bad for the environment and bad for business", and she added:

"Too many decisions taken by unelected quangos, there is too much unnecessary red tape and there are no incentives for local residents to back sustainable development. We will put local communities in the driving seat."

You can read our planning green paper in the document viewer below, or alternatively click here to download a copy in PDF format.