April 23, 2014: Steve Baker MP

Steve Baker

Steve Baker

First published in News

ALL Members of Parliament are keenly interested in local land use decisions which always arouse public interest. Local decisions on planning matters are the responsibility of councils but planning law is a matter for Parliament.

I am determined that the system must improve. I strongly believe land use decisions should serve the general interest of residents by consent. We should not have targets for business development or housing imposed upon us.

Quite understandably, people are protective of the area where they live and do not welcome unwanted change, which they often feel is forced upon them. Planning law as it stands has to take into account many different competing demands, be these at a local, national and even international level. For example, efforts towards ‘sustainability’ can often be traced to the United Nations’ Agenda 21. This in turn shapes planning law in this country, so that even Wycombe District Council has to take it into account when deciding on a planning application.

It is no wonder the ordinary person feels powerless to affect their local community when so much of the decision-making framework is so removed.

In High Wycombe, significant infrastructure improvements – especially to our roads - would often be needed before any development could be considered acceptable. The topography of High Wycombe creates its own challenges – most people prefer to use cars to travel as the steep hills are not kind to walkers and cyclists, and at the same time the road network is limited by the shape of the valley in which the town is situated.

From what has happened at Daws Hill, I appreciate the Localism Act has not gone as far as I would have liked. I wanted neighbourhoods and home owners to have real power over the decisions affecting them.

Every inch of green space is precious and the value we place on it should be reflected in decisions. During the Easter Parliamentary recess, I have met a number of local people who have a deep understanding of the planning system as it exists at the moment. I have listened to what they have to say and when Parliament resumes, I intend to bring forward some proposals for a change to allow ordinary people much greater influence in the planning system as it affects their lives.

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2:02pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

… I intend to bring forward some proposals for a change to allow ordinary people much greater influence in the planning system as it affects their lives.

This is really all this is about isn't it?

Don't forget whose side your party is really on though Steve - see:

http://www.telegraph
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ff-our-land/9530315/
Planning-changes-are
-a-blow-to-locals-an
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[italic]… I intend to bring forward some proposals for a change to allow ordinary people much greater influence in the planning system as it affects their lives. [/italic] This is really all this is about isn't it? Don't forget whose side your party is [italic]really [/italic]on though Steve - see: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/earth/hands-o ff-our-land/9530315/ Planning-changes-are -a-blow-to-locals-an d-liberty.html Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Robert.M says...

Would not believe this Mr Baker if he told me we are in 2014. He is only interested in promoting his own over inflated ego, he never has and never will do anything to better Wycombe.
Would not believe this Mr Baker if he told me we are in 2014. He is only interested in promoting his own over inflated ego, he never has and never will do anything to better Wycombe. Robert.M
  • Score: 4

8:49am Thu 24 Apr 14

gpn01 says...

The time to support the interests of the local community (voters) was when the revised National Planning Policy Framework was being developed and before the mis-named Localism Bill was enacted. However, there is one piece of upcoming legislation that he has the opportunity to vote against - on 2th April Parliament will debates the proposed HS2 Hybrid Bill. If enacted that will adversely affect many people in the District. Will Mr Baker put his vote where his mouth is as the land use will most certainly not be in the interest of local residents?
The time to support the interests of the local community (voters) was when the revised National Planning Policy Framework was being developed and before the mis-named Localism Bill was enacted. However, there is one piece of upcoming legislation that he has the opportunity to vote against - on 2th April Parliament will debates the proposed HS2 Hybrid Bill. If enacted that will adversely affect many people in the District. Will Mr Baker put his vote where his mouth is as the land use will most certainly not be in the interest of local residents? gpn01
  • Score: 0

9:25am Thu 24 Apr 14

downleylocal says...

How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses.
Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here?
How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses. Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here? downleylocal
  • Score: 3

9:27am Thu 24 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

gpn01 wrote:
The time to support the interests of the local community (voters) was when the revised National Planning Policy Framework was being developed and before the mis-named Localism Bill was enacted. However, there is one piece of upcoming legislation that he has the opportunity to vote against - on 2th April Parliament will debates the proposed HS2 Hybrid Bill. If enacted that will adversely affect many people in the District. Will Mr Baker put his vote where his mouth is as the land use will most certainly not be in the interest of local residents?
Will Mr Baker put his vote where his mouth is as the land use will most certainly not be in the interest of local residents?

Euro Yob looks thoughtful ...difficult question that ... a difficult one.
[quote][p][bold]gpn01[/bold] wrote: The time to support the interests of the local community (voters) was when the revised National Planning Policy Framework was being developed and before the mis-named Localism Bill was enacted. However, there is one piece of upcoming legislation that he has the opportunity to vote against - on 2th April Parliament will debates the proposed HS2 Hybrid Bill. If enacted that will adversely affect many people in the District. Will Mr Baker put his vote where his mouth is as the land use will most certainly not be in the interest of local residents?[/p][/quote][italic] Will Mr Baker put his vote where his mouth is as the land use will most certainly not be in the interest of local residents? [/italic] Euro Yob looks thoughtful ...difficult question that ... a difficult one. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 7

1:16pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

This vile useless pathetic idiot and his criminal party has no credibility. They stand for their own crony thugs robbing this country of all its necessary services, strip them bit by bit to sell them to their rich private businessmen to line their own pockets. They profit on the backs of this nation struggling to meet the costs of living and this criminal party is all "of the rich, for the rich, by the rich."
This vile useless pathetic idiot and his criminal party has no credibility. They stand for their own crony thugs robbing this country of all its necessary services, strip them bit by bit to sell them to their rich private businessmen to line their own pockets. They profit on the backs of this nation struggling to meet the costs of living and this criminal party is all "of the rich, for the rich, by the rich." Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 4

12:05am Fri 25 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

There is a historical explanation for Steve Baker and his pronouncements - High Wycombe, being a traditional industrial area, with a larger working class population than areas like Beaconsfield or perhaps Aylesbury - has a less-intelligent and assertive Constituency party, than the other towns.

This is reflected in the standard of the choice of parliamentary candidate. (Sir Ray Whitney was a part exception to this but he was forced on them by Conservative Central Office in Smith Square.)

Wycombe Conservative party ensures the constituency is represented by people like themselves who are solidly Conservative with the solidness attaining greatest density between the ears.
There is a historical explanation for Steve Baker and his pronouncements - High Wycombe, being a traditional industrial area, with a larger working class population than areas like Beaconsfield or perhaps Aylesbury - has a less-intelligent and assertive Constituency party, than the other towns. This is reflected in the standard of the choice of parliamentary candidate. (Sir Ray Whitney was a part exception to this but he was forced on them by Conservative Central Office in Smith Square.) Wycombe Conservative party ensures the constituency is represented by people like themselves who are solidly Conservative with the solidness attaining greatest density between the ears. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 8

12:40pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Ozzie71 says...

When he talks about protecting our green space, people having their say and not having building forced upon us he means in all the rural areas. Micklefiled, Totteridge, Castlefield etc can have every spare inch turned in to housing just as long as it's not near any of his cronies!
When he talks about protecting our green space, people having their say and not having building forced upon us he means in all the rural areas. Micklefiled, Totteridge, Castlefield etc can have every spare inch turned in to housing just as long as it's not near any of his cronies! Ozzie71
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Ozzie71 wrote:
When he talks about protecting our green space, people having their say and not having building forced upon us he means in all the rural areas. Micklefiled, Totteridge, Castlefield etc can have every spare inch turned in to housing just as long as it's not near any of his cronies!
Ozzie - let's face it - the areas you talk of are working class - obviously if Steve Baker were a talented man they would have given him Beaconsfield or Aylesbury as a seat. Many of the people in these areas vote Labour, and if you catch the 37 bus from Bourne End to HW in the evenings you will see lots of young people get off the bus at Micklefield Road turn-off in the uniform of Wye Valley Secondary Modern school - so they are working class they go to secondary modern schools and many of them are black or Asian.


I think it would be wrong for a modern Conservative politician to do more than make noises of goodwill towards these people - who do you think Steve Baker represents?
[quote][p][bold]Ozzie71[/bold] wrote: When he talks about protecting our green space, people having their say and not having building forced upon us he means in all the rural areas. Micklefiled, Totteridge, Castlefield etc can have every spare inch turned in to housing just as long as it's not near any of his cronies![/p][/quote]Ozzie - let's face it - the areas you talk of are [italic]working class [/italic]- obviously if Steve Baker were a talented man they would have given him Beaconsfield or Aylesbury as a seat. Many of the people in these areas vote Labour, and if you catch the 37 bus from Bourne End to HW in the evenings you will see lots of young people get off the bus at Micklefield Road turn-off in the uniform of Wye Valley Secondary Modern school - so they are [italic]working class[/italic] they go to [italic]secondary modern schools[/italic] and many of them are [italic]black[/italic] or [italic]Asian[/italic]. I think it would be wrong for a modern Conservative politician to do more than make noises of goodwill towards these people - who do you think Steve Baker represents? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 7

2:40pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

downleylocal wrote:
How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses.
Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here?
You don't understand - he is helping you by reducing taxation - he mentioned this about three letters ago - the money he is saving you should be devoted to making a footbridge for your children.
[quote][p][bold]downleylocal[/bold] wrote: How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses. Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here?[/p][/quote]You don't understand - he [italic]is[/italic] helping you by reducing taxation - he mentioned this about three letters ago - the money he is saving you should be devoted to making a footbridge for your children. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

2:50pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

'ALL Members of Parliament are keenly interested in local land use decisions which always arouse public interest.'

Particularly MPs who are retained as advisors by land companies to ensure they have sufficient influence over legislation.

(I'm not suggesting Steve Baker is one of them or that they are all Conservatives but the motives and sincerity of the 'keen interest' make me wonder.)
'[italic]ALL Members of Parliament are keenly interested in local land use decisions which always arouse public interest.'[/italic] Particularly MPs who are retained as advisors by land companies to ensure they have sufficient influence over legislation. (I'm not suggesting Steve Baker is one of them or that they are all Conservatives but the motives and sincerity of the 'keen interest' make me wonder.) Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Sun 27 Apr 14

downleylocal says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
downleylocal wrote:
How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses.
Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here?
You don't understand - he is helping you by reducing taxation - he mentioned this about three letters ago - the money he is saving you should be devoted to making a footbridge for your children.
LOL! Of course. I have been feeling inexplicably wealthy lately. All thanks to the Govt.
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downleylocal[/bold] wrote: How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses. Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here?[/p][/quote]You don't understand - he [italic]is[/italic] helping you by reducing taxation - he mentioned this about three letters ago - the money he is saving you should be devoted to making a footbridge for your children.[/p][/quote]LOL! Of course. I have been feeling inexplicably wealthy lately. All thanks to the Govt. downleylocal
  • Score: -1

9:58pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

downleylocal wrote:
Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
downleylocal wrote:
How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses.
Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here?
You don't understand - he is helping you by reducing taxation - he mentioned this about three letters ago - the money he is saving you should be devoted to making a footbridge for your children.
LOL! Of course. I have been feeling inexplicably wealthy lately. All thanks to the Govt.
There you are then - build a footbridge for local children - or start a limited company that will build the footbridge and recoup its expenses by charging a toll on local pedestrians!
[quote][p][bold]downleylocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downleylocal[/bold] wrote: How about tackling the loophole in the planning laws which allow supermarkets to buy up local pubs and turn them into mini-markets with no planning consent required and no matter whether the local community needs them or whether there is already a mini-supermarket 100 metres away? In Downley we are about to have a Morrisons Local forced on us despite no need and the fact that it will destroy long standing local businesses. Steve, preventing this would also protect local kids from being hurt crossing an already dangerous and road junction, so how about some support here?[/p][/quote]You don't understand - he [italic]is[/italic] helping you by reducing taxation - he mentioned this about three letters ago - the money he is saving you should be devoted to making a footbridge for your children.[/p][/quote]LOL! Of course. I have been feeling inexplicably wealthy lately. All thanks to the Govt.[/p][/quote]There you are then - build a footbridge for local children - or start a limited company that will build the footbridge and recoup its expenses by charging a toll on local pedestrians! Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

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