MP co-ordinates support for plans to ‘Build Up Not Out’ & M5 J21a, but opposes Garden Villages

Weston’s MP John Penrose has intervened in the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), with support from a cross-party group of local Councillors representing rural villages. In a letter submitted to the JSP, John welcomes the commitment to ‘Build Up Not Out’ in central Weston, and for a Banwell Bypass, but opposes proposals for 2 new towns – which he says are misleadingly being called ‘Garden Villages’ –  near…

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John Penrose MP’s written response to the Joint Spatial Plan

The following is a copy of the letter John Penrose MP sent into the Joint Spatial Plan Consultation: I am writing to respond to the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) published by the four West of England Councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. There’s…

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The Times: John Penrose calls for developers to pay council tax on unused sites

The government should have the power to levy council tax on building sites straight after a developer gets planning permission, a former Cabinet Office minister has suggested, claiming that it would help to speed up the supply of new homes. John Penrose, a Conservative MP and co-chairman of the all-party…

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John reacts to Chancellor’s nod to his ‘up not out’ campaign in today’s budget

“We’ve simply got to build more homes, whether they’re to rent or to buy, so they’re cheap enough for everyone to afford. I’m delighted my discussions with the chancellor about overhauling our slow, expensive, uncertain and conflict-ridden planning laws have made it into today’s budget. “Building up not out will…

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