This is the way to regenerate high streets and boost the supply of affordable housing. Yet planning policies are still too obstructive.
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This weakening of local accountability makes it all the more important for Conservatives to offer voters a clear alternative.
There are also questions for the Department of Transport about funding schemes that have led to more accidents.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Newcastle-under-Lyme but lost a seat to an independent in Torridge and the Lib Dems in Waverley.
After Poundbury, the Prince of Wales is doing it again – more beautiful new homes are on the way.
Small firms have had to struggle due to bureaucratic inertia by some councils. At least the culprits have been identified.
The proposal is criticised for hitting the vulnerable and breaking an election pledge. Local transport schemes are also being hit.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Lib Dems in North Devon while Labour held a seat in Enfield.
Javid has correctly identified the problem. Now he needs to spot who the true culprits are, and what can be done to prevent them causing further harm.
The improvement has been dramatic – and is a vindication for the emphasis placed on phonics by Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister.
A less bureaucratic approach will ease hardship and bring more money in. But the Government also needs to ensure equal rules apply for all that are owed money.
With a million incidents a year, the fines are too low. Some councils are taking no enforcement action at all.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Maidstone. The Lib Dems also gained a seat from Labour in Gosport and one from UKIP in Torridge.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Green Party in Herefordshire but held seats in Stroud, Perth, Dover and Cotswold.
Productivity varies sharply. In Lambeth a planning officer approves an average of 39 applications a year – in next door Merton its 189.