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Conservatives pledge to reform UK planning system

Whitehall targets and unelected quangos will be scrapped, to be replaced with a democratic system for national infrastructure and incentives to promote local homes and jobs.

Launching the paper in a speech to the Post-Bureaucratic Age conference in London, Cameron said the plans showed "how a system that was controlled by a few can be run by the many".

Caroline Spelman, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, described Labour’s planning system as "bad for democracy, bad for the environment and bad for business".

She said: "Too many decisions taken by unelected quangos, there is too much unnecessary red tape and there are no incentives for local residents to back sustainable development. We will put local communities in the driving seat."

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