The Secretary of State should not be allowed to arbitrarily overrule planning decisions made through consultation and due process as it negates the whole process and the democratic rights of people involved and affected by such planning.

Why is this idea important?

The power to overrule planning decisions by a politician without that person being intimately involved in the process and having heard all the evidence and arguments makes a total mockery of the system. It is profoundly undemocratic. Worse still it can easily be construed as open to corruption especially since the reasoning for the overrule may be heavily redacted with no apparent need.

Let these decisions be taken by qualified and invested people.

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