I'm a believer in devolution of powers and localism. That is why I get so annoyed when the Government's planning inspector overrules us in Plymouth. They did it over the Royal Eye Infirmary campaign that Chaz Singh and myself ran and now they've done it again over another student development in Plymouth.
I'm a believer that we need more properly managed, well-built student accommodation in the right location. There are a number of decent student developments under construction in Plymouth and these help the University, provide good quality accommodation for students and release homes back to the rental market for families.
It is so frustrating to run campaigns, listening to concerns of local people, put forward reasoned points and have them adopted by the local council only to have an unelected Government official overrule us.