The way in which some new development is happening and the scale in relation to some towns and villages is of concern. We need infrastructure alongside development not lagging behind. We also need local communitties to have a strong voice in how their own community develops. This is what Neighbourhood Planning enables them to do. As Government Champion for Neighbourhood Planning I have been encouraging communities in the constituency and across the country to grasp this opportunity. A Neighbourhood Plan gives a community a say in where new housing should go, what it should look like, and what open spaces they want to preserve. It also enables them to set out desired local amenities and infrastructure.
There is a challenge to provide the homes needed whilst protecting our countryside. Government Planning Guidance is regularly updated to help meet this challenge. I am happy to discuss specific concerns with communities.