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Planning reforms a 'recipe for community disharmony'

A Conservative MP leading the rebellion against the coalition's planning reforms, which will be voted on tonight, has called the proposed changes a "recipe for community disharmony."

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith poses for a photograph in Westminster Hall. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Zac Goldsmith said easing rules on home extensions was an "odd" policy which undermined democracy.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "It will guarantee disputes between neighbours, I don't think anyone doubts that. It will be very unpopular and there is no evidence, as far as I can see, that it is going to solve any problems at all.

"It seems like very bad, clumsy politics."

Report: Planning laws to be scrapped

The Telegraph is reporting that the planning minister intends to axe much of the legislation around development.

Nick Boles is quoted as saying, “I think we will be looking for more such liberalisations which don’t, never the less, fundamentally change the planning system and which in fact should relieve local authorities of some workload,”

Nick Boles