It appears that a third party right of appeal will not appear in the forthcoming localism belt. Such a right would give local people a right to be taken seriously when objecting to large scale developments on land on their doorstep. The coalition made this a pre-election pledge, it is looking like they have abandoned it. We need to put pressure on our local MPs.

See comment here in the Telegraph and here in Planning Daily. The CPRE clearly says this was a pre-election pledge, though the Telegraph is a little less sure. Can someone check their manifestos for me please?

Laurence Robertson (MP for Tewkesbury) says he will follow this up.