Regional devolution could help deliver new homes more effectively

Paul Smith CROP

A streamlined system of local government would mean more flexibility and fewer disputes in the planning process, says Paul Smith

Persuading neighbouring local authorities to agree how new development should be shared between them can be a difficult challenge at the best of times.

Way back in 2016, the city council in Birmingham concluded that 37,900 of the new homes it needed to deliver would not fit anywhere within the council boundary and asked its neighbours to help. To date, adjoining councils have only incorporated around half that shortfall into their own emerging local plans – none of which have made much progress. That need is simply going unmet.

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