HOLMES Chapel’s MP has welcomed the government’s promise to improve planning law so that it protects the interests of the community and gives residents more of an input.

Along with other conservative MPs, Fiona Bruce recently signed an amendment which called for the government to abolish the planning inspectorate. The amendment was not pushed to a vote, on the agreement that the government would improve guidance on planning law to ensure communities are given better protection and have their voices heard.

“We need a planning system that puts the local community first. Local people, not developers, are the most important voice in how our towns and villages grow and develop – and I believe the government understands this better now than ever,” said Mrs Bruce.

“I was determined to take these concerns to the highest level by pressing this amendment to the government in the House of Commons. They have made clear and significant commitments to provide new and better planning guidance, which will make sure the law is used to protect local communities, to strengthen their voice and to stop unwanted developments.”

Mrs Bruce added: “I remain concerned that the planning system works for all the towns and villages in my area and I will be keeping a close eye to ensure that the government delivers on its commitments – and that it continues to improve and develop planning guidance to work for local communities and not against them.”