Greg Mulholland MP to host planning reform roundtable

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Greg Mulholland MP: 'It is clear that communities around the country want a greater say in proposed developments'
Greg Mulholland MP: 'It is clear that communities around the country want a greater say in proposed developments'
Save the Pub Group chairman and MP Greg Mulholland is set to host a roundtable event in Parliament, with the aim of compiling a ‘manifesto’ for planning reform.

Mulholland has invited campaigners and MPs to the event tomorrow, which is designed to help “keep up the pressure” in lobbying current and potential future governments for a change in planning laws.

Representatives from organisations including the Campaign to Protect Rural England and National Trust will also be in attendance.

The plan is for the campaigners to agree on the changes that need to be implemented to the planning system, which organisations and MPs can sign up to and lobby for together.

The discussion comes on the back of Mulholland introducing the National Planning Policy (Community Involvement) Bill in the House of Commons on in April. The Bill calls for community pubs to be listed in their own use class and to close planning loopholes that allow pubs and other facilities to be converted into retail use without the need for planning permission.

Mulholland said: “It is clear that communities around the country want a greater say in proposed developments in their cities, towns and villages. It is only right we give them that say and also look at additional powers they may need to protect much-valued local facilities and greenery.

“The aim of the roundtable event is to agree on the variety of changes that are needed and I hope these can be taken forward by MPs and organisations to lobby for and hopefully secure.”

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