Sir, I refer to an article concerning planning proposals put forward by Arla (‘Will government call in Arla Aylesbury bid?’, 24 September).
The article states: “Earlier this summer, a local Conservative MP urged Pickles [the secretary of state] to step in because his constituents feared Aylesbury Vale District Council might not decide on Arla’s application in a fair manner. In a last-minute twist, the same MP, David Lidington, has decided he does not want central government involvement after all, because it would conflict with the coalition’s explicit localism agenda.”
My letter of 9 September clearly states it is some of my constituents who are concerned that calling in the application conflicts with the government’s aim of simplifying planning regulations. In my original letter to the secretary of state of 3 August I at no point request him to call in the application but simply put forward the arguments made by some constituents who are opposed to the proposals.
David Lidington, MP for Aylesbury