Pressure on Pickles over planning rules

Conservative dinner: from left, councillors Stephen Baines and Roger Taylor with Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, Illingworth and Mixenden candidate Andrew Tagg, Skircoat candidate Marcus Thompson and MP Craig Whittaker
Conservative dinner: from left, councillors Stephen Baines and Roger Taylor with Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, Illingworth and Mixenden candidate Andrew Tagg, Skircoat candidate Marcus Thompson and MP Craig Whittaker

GOVERNMENT spokesman and former council leader Eric Pickles met Conservative supporters in Halifax.

And the Communities and Local Government Minister was immediately put under pressure to tighten planning procedures.

Calderdale Council’s Conservative group leader Stephen Baines urged Mr Pickles to force developers to inform the planning authority when they begin building work.

“It will give councils a better chance of making sure planning conditions are met,” said Coun Baines (Con, Northowram and Shelf).

Keighley-born Mr Pickles, Bradford Council leader from 1988-90, announced last week that for the first time council tax in every area would be frozen or reduced.

During a reception at the Shay Stadium, he met local Tory party officials and supporters, including Calder Valley Tory MP Craig Whittaker.