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Government's radical bid to 'simplify' planning process would 'rob' councils and residents of their voice, fear Manchester councillors

the white paper titled ‘Planning for the Future’, which was announced in August.Councillor Suzanne Richards, executive member for housing and regeneration, told an economy scrutiny committee meeting on Thursday: “It trashes our ability entirely to work with local communities to protect them from overdevelopment where people and create places where people genuinely want to live.“It could also potentially have a devastating effect on our local high streets where shops and commercial space would be lost forever.”Developers, many of whom see the current system as being 'too slow and bureaucratic', would no longer have to provide affordable housing on sites of 50 homes or fewer under the reforms.If this policy was already in place then around..

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