"A Case of who can hold out the longest": Mishcon de Reya lawyer comments on Housing and Planning Bill return to Commons after Lords battering
Commenting on the housing and planning bill which is going before the commons again today, Head of Planning at Mishcon de Reya, Anita Rivera, said:
"The government has already announced that it intends to reject some of the Lord's amendments. These include some very sensible and rational improvements to the Bill, but also a number of populist, opportunistic amendments which took advantage of the "big wind" of defeats. There is concern that, while the sensible changes go to the heart of some of the in-principle ideals, if there is compromise it may be on the wrong amendments.
"This will be a case of who can hold out the longest. The Lords seem to be the nation's conscience, therefore it's unlikely they will relent anytime soon. If the government wants to see this bill enacted it will need to make some concessions - otherwise this game of ping pong looks likely to run on close to the end of the parliamentary session."
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