Published: 10th Sep 2020

A backbench Conservative MP has denounced the ‘mutant algorithm’ at the heart of the government’s planning reforms, which he says was ‘cooked up in the wet market of Whitehall’. Speaking in Westminster earlier this week, Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith said there were ‘fundamental flaws’ in its methodology, including that it appears to be ‘entirely blind to geography’. ‘I would argue that, perhaps not for the first time this summer, well-meaning ministerial intent has been sabotaged by a “mutant algorithm” cooked up in the wet market of Whitehall,’ Mr Griffith told MPs. Last month, Horsham District Council, which includes part of the Arundel and South Downs constituency, said it was taking legal advice on government plans to almost double the number of new homes built locally over the next decade. The local authority said plans to reform the national planning system would oblige Horsham District Council to almost double the number of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)