Thangam Debbonaire – 2020 Comments on the Prime Minister’s Planning Reforms

Below is the text of the comments made by Thangam Debbonaire, the Shadow Housing Secretary, on 30 June 2020.

A real terms cut in funding for affordable housing shows where the Tories’ priorities really lie: slashing planning regulations for their wealthy developer backers, not building good quality, environmentally sustainable and truly affordable housing for workers.

It’s no wonder that Government wants to scrap planning regulations: the evidence from the Robert Jenrick cash-for-favours scandal shows us how desperate they are to help billionaire donors abuse the planning system and ride rough-shod over local people.

Yet again the Conservatives are saying one thing and doing another while trying to deflect from their abysmal record on housebuilding after being in power for ten years.