Today we published our planning manifesto. This outlines where we stand on planning, what changes we want to see to the NPPF, and what our vision is for the future. In the news, the Telegraph and the Times revealed accusations that a senior civil servant involved in the design of the planning reforms, went on to accept a lucrative job in the planning industry.
Richard McCarthy, a director-general at the Department for Communities and Local Government, is joining Capita Symonds, which advises major developers on planning and construction. The department said he was leaving his £180,000-a-year post after bringing about “major changes in planning”.
John Mann, a Labour MP, said Mr McCarthy’s move was “wholly unacceptable” and risked a major conflict of interest. Mr McCarthy said he looked forward to “cementing” his new employer’s reputation as a leader in the property industry and that he was “head-hunted at the start of this year” for the role.
The Times also ran the same story, whilst also emphasising that Greg Clark will come under renewed pressure from the National Trust to ditch the reforms when he appears at the Tory conference in Manchester.