Pro-development free marketeer or nimby? Which Liz Truss will we get?

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Liz Truss now says she wants to scrap housing targets, but back in 2019 she wanted to build on the green belt. How likely is a return to pro-development principles now she is in office?, asks Joey Gardiner

“God it’s depressing”. That’s the view of one senior (pro-housebuilding) Tory party policy insider on Liz Truss’s campaign pledge to ditch so-called “Stalinist” housing targets – something many in both the development and planning sectors are understandably alarmed about.

That pledge, effectively putting Truss at odds with the 2019 manifesto promise to build 300,000 homes a year which housing targets are designed to deliver, came as Truss also reassured Conservative members worried about too much housing being built near them by reaffirming her commitment to “local consent” for housing policies.

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