Congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of State. It is good to have someone who knows about local government in the role.
In our Manifesto we were proud to include the abolition of regional planning quangos and the top down housing targets. This proposal was one of the most popular parts of the Conservative offer to voters in Wokingham. Local people and the Council would like to have more influence over what we build and where we build it.
I would be grateful to have your reassurance that this will also be the policy of the Coalition government, and that we will be able to make the necessary changes soon so that local councils and communities can start to have the plans they want.