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Prime Minister’s comments are a recipe for wasteful and destructive projects

19 November 2012
Campaign for Better Transport has criticised the Prime Minister’s speech to the CBI (1) as a recipe for wasteful and destructive projects that will hurt rather than help the economy.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said

“Excluding all but the wealthy from decision-making while spending a fortune on clogging new roads with cars will not help the economy but it will stir up a hornets’ nest of opposition. The Prime Minister’s outdated slogans about more road building, simpler planning and reduced civic engagement are as astonishing as they are regressive.”

Stephen Joseph added

“The Prime Minister is creating a planning system where you can extend your home without permission, but not challenge a major road at the end of your garden.”

For further information please contact Andrew Allen, Press Officer at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6483 / 07984 773 468 or andrew.allen@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. The Prime Minister speech outlines a number of Government objectives for planning and transport. These include:

•    Reduce by half the number of judicial reviews of planning decisions: This is to be achieved by reducing the time available to challenging decisions and increasing the costs for doing so.
•    Halving the time it takes to upgrade roads: This will involve reducing the time and number of consultations carried out by Government.

The text of the Prime Minister’s speech is available on the CBI