Conservative MP Chris Skidmore introduced his
ten minute rule bill
on 11 December 2012.
The Planning Applications (Community Right of Appeal) Bill would enable people to appeal against planning decisions in their community.
It proposes that the collection of the signatures of a required percentage of the electorate in a relevant ward within a designated time period would trigger an appeal.
Mr Skidmore told MPs this would restore the confidence of the local population in a planning system which would allow them to become democratically engaged.
The bill received an unopposed second reading but is unlikely to become law without government support.