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Greg Clark said that Labour would take the country backwards and the Government had proved that with tough action, public finances could be improved. “These arguments were precisely the ones that were made at the last election. Everyone... Continue to article
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin makes an announcement on rural public transport (10:45am) Defence Equipment Minister Philip Dunne visits MoD Abbey Wood Science Minister Greg Clark visits Airbus’ defence and space facilities in ... Continue to article
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Lord Heseltine said David Cameron was likely to win support for his plans to reform immigration rules within the European Union because of the impact of the recession on public opinion. “He’s got one big thing going for him: we’ve had a ... Continue to article
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Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield “To Turbo Fizzle…best wishes…Charles”. Greg Clark is holding a signed photo of a Space Shuttle astronaut and beaming at the personal dedication. But the portrait from Comma... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield Liam Byrne’s desk is groaning under the weight of a tottering, Jenga-like tower of books. From Jenny Uglow’s The Lunar Men to tomes on the life of Matthew Boulton, ... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: Mental Health Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill (Sir Paul Beresford, Con, Mole Valley) Op... Continue to article
Greg Clark has defended the Government's planning reforms, announced this week, insisting that the previous planning system had become "legalistic".
In an interview with The Times, the Minister for Cities, Decentralisation and Planning said he wanted the reforms to be ones he could "look back on as having improved Britain" and insisted there was no longer any ambiguity over the phrase "sustainable development".
Planning minister Greg Clark has promised to make changes to the Government's plans to overhaul the planning system after there was strong protest over the proposals. Speaking at a British Property Foundation event, Mr Clark said: "If people responding to the consultation think that various aspects should be more clearly expressed then we are very happy to do so".
Planning minister Greg Clark denied that the Government is performing a U-turn over its proposals to reform the planning system and said that the Government had a "responsibility" to solve the housing crisis.
Speaking on the Today programme this morning, Mr Clark said: "What we are clear about is that we need to reform the system, it needs to be much simpler. We started with 1,300 pages of national planning policy. It had grown up over the years to be a lawyers paradise. What we have done is to boil it down into a very simple statement of 52 pages". He later appeared on Channel 4 News and said that he was "very happy" to "meet and be constructive" with opponents to the Government's planning changes.
Labour's Jack Dromey has welcomed the news, saying: "It is good news that ministers are now willing to listen to the groups that champion Britain’s countryside and green spaces".
The Government has said that it will look again at controversial new planning proposals and the Planning Minister has said that he is willing to sit down and discuss the issues raised by organisations such as the National Trust, which has claimed that the new planning regulations will open the door to "unchecked and damaging developments" in the UK.
Mr Clark told The Times newspaper that there would, however, be "no change" to the bulk of the proposals to simplify planning laws.
Elections for new mayors in up to eleven of Britain's cities are to be fast-tracked to the middle of November in an attempt to boost economic growth and local democracy. Cities Minister Greg Clark will reveal the new timetable today, which begins on 3 May when the eleven cities hold mandatory referendums, asking voters if they want directly elected mayors.
Planning Minister Greg Clark is facing renewed criticism over his close relationship with the house-building industry after it emerged that he will speak in favour of the reforms at an event sponsored by one of Britain’s biggest property developers.
Civil servants will help social action projects such as youth groups, the decentralisation minister Greg Clark has pledged. The move is part of the government's "big society" policy and is part of a series of measures to turn Whitehall "upside down".
17/12/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
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