Planning magazine suggests that Sajid Javid's first decisions on housing appeals as communities secretary indicate that he is likely to take a 'business as usual' approach to decision-making
Anna Rose, President of the Planning Officers Society, describes Javid’s decisions as "fairly measured". "I haven’t seen anything there that looks completely out of step with what happened previously," she said. "He is basically going with the inspectorate wherever he can, while taking into account the views of professionals and local people in terms of the landscape character - particularly in the Aylesbury case."
The only slightly "irregular" element of Javid’s recent decisions was the West Sussex case in which he went against an adopted neighbourhood plan, Rose said. "Where there is a neighbourhood plan in place – or one that’s emerging – we’ve previously seen that both the inspector and the secretary of state have been more likely to go with the neighbourhood plan."