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Every year hundreds of communities are blighted by rogue development
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Planning policy is complex, and let’s face it, not the most interesting of topics to many people. But when people fail to follow the rules the impact on neighbours and communities can be devastating. 

While most people adhere to the rules, the minority who intentionally breach planning rules can cause misery to neighbours and our communities, and can cause irreparable damage to our Green Belt. Since 2019 I have been made aware of numerous cases where repeated planning breaches have caused significant disruption, anxiety and anger amongst neighbouring residents.

My Planning (Enforcement) Bill seeks to address this by strengthening powers to deal with repeated planning breaches. The Bill would increase the penalties for those who repeatedly and intentionally flout the law and create a national register to enable local authorities to identify repeat offenders. 

I hope you will back the Bill and we can end the cycle of endless applications and planning breaches on problem sites, and help protect our residents and our natural environment.

Best Wishes, 

Dr Ben Spencer MP

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