The media have really cranked things up a notch with stories appearing today on the ministers who have opposed developments in their own constituency and the millions of pounds in donations from developers who stand to benefit from the Government’s controversial planning reforms.
Ministers accused of ‘hypocrisy’ over relaxation of planning regulations. George Osborne and Eric Pickles are pushing for planning changes but oppose developments in their own constituencies.
The Telegraph also reported that ‘The Coalition is facing a backlash from Tory MPs and peers who fear the governments new planning reforms will give developers a license to build in their constituencies.’
This planning fiasco adds insult to injury to the Tory faithful says Max Hastings. The proposals for relaxing planning laws are ill-considered and must further antagonise Tories whose goodwill ministers may one day need, and whom today they spurn at their peril