One other thing that separates planning from the issues on which the government has u-turned is the confidence Numbers 10 and 11 have in the ministers charged with selling the plans. Pickles is regarded by Downing Street as one of the most effective operators in the Cabinet. Tellingly, Number 10 wanted him out doing media during the worst of the riots. And Greg Clark, the junior minister responsible for pushing these plans through, has been earmarked for promotion to the Cabinet in the near future.
The Conservatives are, at the moment, relatively relaxed about the level of opposition to their planning reforms. They intend to use the argument that’s coming over this to show that they are putting growth first.