Susan Freeman
Estates Gazette
18 May 2015

Housing needs cabinet post and continuity

Only a few weeks ago we hosted our two pre-election debates at Mishcon de Reya with Capital & Regional on the future of our town centres and high streets. The first was with shadow minister for communities and local government Roberta Blackman-Woods, the second with housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis.

Looking at the polls at the time, we had no premonition of how this “bonkers” election would finally pan out. We listened carefully to Blackman-Woods outline Labour’s plans to empower local authorities and wondered if we were in for further planning change.

One thing that our audience was clear on was that, in planning terms, we needed certainty rather than further change. Both politicians agreed on the importance of empowering our local authorities to regenerate our town centres and high streets.

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