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Planning White Paper: give people a real say not just warm words, says Transport 2000

21 May 2007
Reacting to the Planning White Paper, the campaign group Transport 2000 [1] said that it would hold the Government to its "warm words" about real public involvement. Director Stephen Joseph said:

"The White Paper includes lots of warm words on improving public involvement and taking real account of climate change, but the detail is fuzzy. We want to see the system improved: at present the public get no real say in big road and airport projects, and this must change. People must be able to challenge the need for their house to be demolished or their community trashed for big transport schemes."

He concluded: "The Government is under pressure from business to speed up planning and reduce public involvement. If they give way to this and give people even less say, they will face a huge public backlash, and more rather than less delay."

Notes to editors

[1] Transport 2000 is an independent campaigning and research body that represents the key transport interests of around 40 environmental groups, transport organisations and transport unions. We bring together people who seek to reduce the environmental and social effects of transport through encouraging less use of cars, lorries and planes and more use of rail, buses, trams, cycling and walking.