Labour Councillors in North Warwickshire are backing a petition launched in support of a stand taken by a Warwickshire Conservative MP.
The MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, Nadhim Zahawi, has launched a campaign against the governments National Planning Policy Framework and Labour Councillors are urging people to sign a petition in support of the campaign.
Cllr Mick Stanley the Leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council said,
“Villages across North Warwickshire are being threatened by housing developments as a result of the planning policy voted for by Conservative MPs. Now one of those MPs has stood up and admitted he was wrong. I wish it had been our MP but it’s not. Another Warwickshire Conservative has taken a stand. We are willing to cross the political boundaries to give him some support on this issue. We are doing this for the people of North Warwickshire Borough. We urge people to sign the petition launched in support of this Conservative MP. I could quibble about the wording of the e-petition because I don’t agree that it is strong enough, but basically it’s a step in the right direction.
“I urge Parish councillors of all parties to sign the e-petition.”
Vanessa Lowe the Clerk to Welford-on-Avon Parish Council explains the purpose of the petition. Parish Councillors, including Conservatives in South Warwickshire, have launched the E petition on the number 10 Downing Street website.
“You will no doubt be familiar with the rapidly growing number of opportunistic housing development proposals being submitted in many rural communities throughout the country. You will also be aware of the enormous difficulty in resisting inappropriate planning applications without a core strategy in place or an identified 5 year supply of developable land. Even if applications are refused by the Local Planning Authority, there is a likelihood that they will be allowed at appeal as a result of the presumption of sustainable development.
“As you may know the MP for Stratford on Avon, Mr Nadhim Zahawi, has spoken out strongly against the damage being done to rural communities. The Daily Telegraph of 9th January reported him as saying that loopholes in the guidelines are allowing developers to “undermine the Government’s good intentions to deliver bottom-up planning and much needed housing” and that the “physical harm” being inflicted on the countryside could become “the defining legacy of this Government”.
“Unfortunately, whilst Mr Zahawi has a great deal support for his opinions, both regionally and at Westminster, the Government is not listening and seems determined to press ahead with its current policy despite the widespread irreversible damage that will ensue.
“We believe that Mr Zahawi’s stance should be given public support and that with three simple amendments to the planning policy the Government’s objective of building more homes can be achieved without the creation of a damaging legacy.
“With this in mind we have lodged an e-petition on the No 10 website and are inviting you and your councillors to support it. Here is the link http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/59376“
Cllr Derek Pickard of Atherstone is currently faced with a proposed development of 660 houses on land in Atherstone.
He said, “The town of Atherstone and the villages of Newton Regis and Grendon are currently threatened with massive developments. These are caused by speculation as a result of new planning laws passed by MPs. I urge everyone in those villages and across North Warwickshire to get online & sign this e-petition”