How should local planning decisions be made?
The Localism Bill is set to hand power over planning decisions from Whitehall to neighbourhood groups with communities being able to decide where new shops, offices or homes should go and what green spaces should be protected.
Local people would be able to vote on the plans for their communities in local referendums.
Mr Pickles said: "For far too long local people have had too little to say over a planning system that has imposed bureaucratic decisions by distant officials in Whitehall and the town hall."
Are the local planning reforms a good way of bringing power back to local communities? Would you like to vote in planning decisions for your area? Is decentralisation of planning decisions a good idea?
This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.