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FMB lays into Tories’ broken promises on planning reform

22 Nov 10 The Federation of Master Builders has declared itself “baffled” on the government’s U-turn on planning gain.

When in Opposition, the Conservatives pledged to scrap the proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and reform planning obligations. The FMB now accuses it of reneging on its promise.

FMB director of external affairs Brian Berry said: “The government’s decision to retain section 106 agreements as well as the CIL is very embarrassing for the government. While in Opposition the Conservative Party publicly stated in its planning policy paper that, “we will scrap CIL and non-site-specific planning obligations”,and said that the twin track section 106/CIL approach, which they are now proposing, is “unnecessarily complicated and does nothing to address the uncertainty and delays that currently exist in agreeing planning obligations.”Quite why the government has now decided to adopt an approach they so roundly condemned in their own policy paper is very difficult to fathom.”

He added: “What is even more baffling is that the solution that they proposed in Opposition, the idea a single tariff, was along the right lines and could have been developed with the construction industry into a successful, streamlined and predictable mechanism that would provide certainty for the industry and support for communities. Instead they have now seized defeat from the jaws of victory.

“The Government needs to return to its original idea of the local tariff and, if it is serious about delivering new homes, they need to sit down with the industry to design the details which will make it work.”  

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