Theresa May faced “forceful” opposition from her own benches on Tuesday over plans to build on greenbelt land.
In a Tory split over a planning bill, 15 backbenchers have tabled amendments which seek to protect land around cities and to increase the powers of local people to stop new development.
Conservatives rebelling on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill included Andrew Mitchell MP, who told HuffPostUK “I shall be questioning the Government’s commitment to the greenbelt in forceful terms” in the chamber.
Heavy-weight backbenchers Crispin Blunt, Nick Herbert and Nicholas Soames also opposed the Government’s plans. Soames tweeted on Monday that the “unspeakable behaviour of housebuilders” needed to be “dealt with”.
One of the revisions put forward would prevent the Government funding new homes built on greenbelt land or in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Another would force councils to seek Government permission for developments that face local opposition from neighbourhood planning groups.