Reinstate the Planning Committee – Open Letter

We are writing to demand that Manchester City Council immediately return to a democratic decision making process for its planning committee. This means scrapping the delegated powers to make planning outcomes about the future of our city. 

While we appreciate immediate concerns over both the safety of committee members and ensuring that virtual meetings are secure, we do not believe that suspending the committee until the end of November is a just or democratic way for planning decisions to be handled. 

Over the last year many decisions of this committee have been politically sensitive, and the changes to the planning structure risk empowering developers over the people of this city adversely affected by development. 

We believe that it is critical that full democratic structures are in place to scrutinise planning decisions that will have a huge impact on the future of the city – and see no justification for the suspension of normal operations until the end of November. Indeed, we do not think major planning applications should be decided by such a small group of decision makers behind closed doors. 

It is not in the interests of the people of Manchester to allow decisions to be made on Wednesday 29th April nor in the future that do not include the full planning committee or opportunities for the public to participate. We hope and expect that Manchester City Council will change its position.





Greater Manchester Housing Action


Britannia Basin Community Forum

Chorlton Voice

Climate Emergency Manchester

Common Wealth

Friends of Angel Meadows

Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal

Hamerton Action Group

Manchester Momentum

Platt Claremont Residents Association

Rising Up Manchester

Save New Islington Green

Save Ryebank Fields

Steady State Manchester

The Castlefield Forum

The Northern Quarter Forum

The Public Meeting

Trees Not Cars

WalkRide Greater Manchester


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29 April 2020