Planning reform rebellion

The Government appeared to fail in its attempts to appease Conservative MPs over plans to relax the rules on home extensions, with its Commons majority being cut to 27.

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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."

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