Use the New Towns Act to liberate land for one million new homes

John Walker

Forget planning reforms, the tools already exist to designate land for new towns and capture the uplift in development value

We are facing the unprecedented need to get the UK economy back on its feet. This matches the challenge that Britain faced after the end of the Second World War. And, just as seven decades ago, government recognizes that a massive increase in building is one key to recovery. Boris Johnson intends to lead the nation to “build back better, build back greener, and build back faster” To do this, government must increase the supply of land and infrastructure to enable private developers, housing associations and local authorities to invest in the new homes, jobs, schools, health facilities and amenities which make good places.

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