The Tories have accused the government of panicking in the face of a threatened Labour revolt over planning reforms by delaying a crucial vote on the legislation from last night to next Monday.

Gordon Brown is under pressure from Labour MPs to allow a ministerial veto on planning applications for big infrastructure projects. The planning bill, which started its report stage in the Commons yesterday, would grant the power over such applications to a new independent planning commission. A vote on an amendment put forward by rebels, requiring the final decision to rest with the business secretary, will be taken next week.

Financial Times