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Mandatory housebuilding targets set for the scrapheap - reports

The government is reportedly planning to abandon its next stage of planning reforms.

The proposals, previously under consultation, would have given councils mandatory housebuilding targets in an effort to hit 300,000 new homes per year.

The new system would have also created zones where some planning proposals couldn’t be opposed by residents.

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The move has been controversial, particularly among Tory voters and The Times newspaper reported on Saturday that the reforms may now be scrapped.

Part of the reasons are believed to be political after the Tories shock by-election loss to the Liberal Democrats in Chesham and Amersham in June.

There is also a feeling that change is happening naturally after record numbers of homes were built in 2019/2020 at 244,000.

This was the highest number since the 1980s and is believed to have been boosted by other changes such as reforms of permitted development rights that let builders turn high-street businesses into flats and add two storeys to existing buildings without planning permission.

The Ministry of Housing has denied that any final decisions have been made on the reforms.

You can read the full Times story (behind a paywall for some) here.

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    Great timing, shortly AFTER local councils have published and adopted their new local plans. Another case of too little too late by these woeful idiots in chief.

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