Greg Clark

Tory Minister Concedes Living On £53 A Week 'Would Be Incredible Struggle'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics

A Tory Treasury minister has conceded it would be an "incredible struggle" to live on £53 a week after a petition calling on Iain Duncan Smith to pro...

The Quickest Way of Ending a War is to Lose It

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Getting our planning laws right was a big issue to ensure we protect our green spaces. But the countryside is not just pretty fields and forests; it is a living, breathing environment and the people who live there need to be listened to on all the issues, not just those that make prime time.

Minister Pledges "Unprecedented Power" For Communities

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government has announced the final version of new planning rules, in a move to replace the "too expensive and too complicated" planning system, wi...

English Cities Set For 'Super Thursday' Mayor Elections

Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 25.01.2012 | UK Politics

Elections for mayors in 11 English cities will be held in November, after ministers decided to bring forward referendums on creating the posts to May ...

Has The National Trust Been Vindicated?

PA | Posted 21.12.2011 | UK Politics

A default "yes" to development should be removed from the Government's controversial planning reforms, a committee of MPs has said. Proposed change...

There's No Hidden Agenda' Over Planning

PA | Press Association | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Politics

The Government has insisted there is no "malign intent or hidden agenda" in its planning reforms in the face of a huge outcry over the proposals. ...

What is The Prognosis for The Big Society?

Julian Dobson | Posted 14.11.2011 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

Reports of the death of the Big Society have been exaggerated. The question is whether it can stay alive.

Ministers To Open Talks With Opponents Of Planning Reforms

PA | Posted 02.11.2011 | UK Politics

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Ministers are ready to hold talks with opponents of their planning reforms, it emerged today. Planning minister Greg Clark tol...

Reforming Planning for Future Generations

Greg Clark | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics
Greg Clark

The new National Planning Policy Framework is a big chance to make Britain better for future generations as well as our own. That is what sustainability is all about. We are determined that the beguiling convenience of the present must not overshadow the needs of the new generation and those that will follow them. There is no reason why growth should mean ugliness. It can - and should - improve our physical environment. Anyone who thinks otherwise should take a tour around our great cities, towns and villages and consider the diminished place that Britain would be if our forebears had been adamant in their opposition to new development.

Tesco Towns or Localism – Who Runs Planning?

Tony Burton | Posted 02.09.2011 | UK Politics
Tony Burton

Seven months is a long time in legislation. It was only last December that the Localism Bill was published amid a fanfare of radical decentralisation, communities "in control" and a "power shift" to those who know their areas best. New radical rights to draw up neighbourhood plans were unveiled and communities pricked up their ears and wondered.