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Nimby housing minister Barwell pimps Britain at MIPIM

Inside Croydon

Gavin Barwell, the government’s Nimby housing minister, has outraged elected local councillors in Croydon and across the country with remarks he has made at MIPIM, the “booze and hookers fest” which doubles as the world’s largest gathering of property speculators and developers.

Housing minister Gavin Barwell, left, at MIPIM this week possibly having the planning system explained to him. Very. Slowly.

Speaking in Cannes, where he had addressed a session organised by Croydon Council, the Croydon Central Tory MP, told profit-hungry developers looking for land to build on to “come and see me”.

The planning minister’s remarks are seen as encouraging developers to bypass the local planning processes.

“Does this apply to Croydon?” was the incredulous reaction of one councillor when they had read Barwell’s remarks reported in The Grauniad.

The reaction is probably as much because of Barwell’s apparent disdain for planning laws as because, as people in…

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