Boris Johnson faces disgruntlement from Tory councillors over planning and cuts

Exclusive: Democracy think tank finds ‘centralisation on steroids’ has tipped power balance between local areas and centre

Andrew Woodcock
Political editor
Monday 30 August 2021 19:47
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Boris Johnson is facing a rising tide of disgruntlement among his own party’s grassroots councillors, amid anger about a decade of cuts and the imposition of planning reforms, which will downgrade town halls’ control over local development.

A new survey, seen by The Independent, found that more than half of Conservative councillors think their local authority has been treated unfairly financially by central government, and two-thirds think Whitehall undervalues the role of local government.

Just 15 per cent – little over one in seven – of Tory councillors back Mr Johnson’s planning reforms, compared to more than three-fifths (61 per cent) who oppose them.

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