Labour commission promises to give communities 'much stronger voice' in planning

Labour commission promises to give communities 'much stronger voice' in planning

The planning system is 'not fit for purpose' and needs a 'root and branch rethink' to allow communities a 'much much stronger voice' in the process, Labour shadow ministers have said at the launch of the party's new planning commission.

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