Planning overhaul will merely entrench the ‘no development’ status quo

Paul Smith CROP

The government’s proposed new national planning policy fails to provide for an adequate supply of homes and is a dereliction of duty, writes Paul Smith

We need a lot of new homes - six million of them if we want the same number per capita as France.

Those homes have to be built somewhere, and it is the job of the national government to guide local authorities as to where that should be. The changes to national planning policy published just before Christmas tell them to deliver “the right homes in the right places,” a familiar phrase but one which hasn’t featured in policy before.

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