Briefings from the Conservative Party to The Sun newspaper suggest that the party will this week announce further relaxation in planning regulations aimed at the creation of more homes.
Few specifics are set out but The Sun says: “Under the new rules, most house owners can add two more storeys to their buildings without having to make a planning application. The ministers will argue that Britain’s cities have one of the lowest average heights of housing in the Western world, and that building upwards will create a huge amount of living space immediately.”
As well, it claims “builders will no longer need permission to demolish a commercial property and replace it with homes.”
The newspaper also suggests that where there are existing developments on Green Belt land, such as transport hubs, additional housing may be permitted.
The Sun says these reforms were wanted by Chancellor Sajid Javid when he was Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - but he apparently was not given the go ahead by then-Prime Minister Theresa May.