It appears as though Hazel has halted a £400 million property and land development in Reading. The project, known as Station Hill, was proposed by Reading Football Club owner and local multi-millionaire John Madejski. The development was to consist of new homes and shops, as well as an arts centre and a public square. But Hazel has put the brakes on it, and you can read more here.
What troubles me about this decision is Hazel's reasoning. I don't know the exact details of the proposal, so on some grounds I have no idea if her decision is the right one. But her justification for this decision, as delivered by a spokesman, is:
“Having regard to this policy, the Secretary of State is of the opinion that this is one she ought to decide herself because she considers the proposals may conflict with national policies on important matters.”
So the people of Reading can't build what they want purely because it conflicts with what Labour has planned for the region? Maybe Hazel is worried that the new houses will be too expensive for the Labour voters she likes to cram into the South East region. And as both Reading Parliamentary seats will most likely be Conservative after the next election, she could be worried about that too. As a final point, doesn't say, voting Conservative, conflict with the national policies of the Labour party? Maybe they should ban us doing that too, since they like banning and controlling stuff so much.
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