Cameron to evoke war with Hitler when outlining Nimby assault plans
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Development, Legal, Local Government, Regulation
Cameron to evoke war with Hitler during Nimby assault plans
Prime Minister David Cameron is today expected to compare the struggle against Nimbys with fighting Adolf Hitler.
The PM will announce government plans to boost the economy by limiting the means to formally block building developments.
The plans include increasing the fees that opponents of developments will have to pay for reviews; reducing the current amount of appeals allowed from six to two; and limiting the amount of time available to bring an appeal.
Cameron feels that the powers Nimbys currently enjoy when blocking building plans are damaging the country's economy and limiting growth, believing that "we urgently need to get a grip on this".
Over 11,000 judicial review applications were made in 2011, according to government figures, while only 160 were brought in 1975.
According to the BBC, Cameron will say: "When this country was at war in the 40s, Whitehall underwent a revolution.
"Normal rules were circumvented. Convention was thrown out. As one historian put it, everything was thrown at 'the overriding purpose' of beating Hitler.
"Well, this country is in the economic equivalent of war today - and we need the same spirit. We need to forget about crossing every ’t’ and dotting every 'i' - and we need to throw everything we've got at winning in this global race."
It is not yet known by how much the current three-month limit for applications will be reduced, nor by how much appeal costs will increase.
The PM will be joined at the conference by Labour leader, Ed Miliband, business secretary, Vince Cable, and the London Mayor, Boris Johnson.