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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."