The profession had "a big role in the Big Society", she said. "You already know the communities - you already have an 'in'," she said. "Central government is devolving an enormous amount to you. We are less concerned than ever about processes and more concerned about making things happen".
“Giving Communities rights to influence planning is the thin end of the wedge.”
“Proper planning scrutiny has served us well whereas this proposal appears to disempower local authorities by removing their right to determine development proposals and may mean that new housing built as a result may conflict with existing wider community priorities, and will only have to meet nationally prescribed minimum standards, even if the local authority wishes to see higher design standards in its own area”