Michael Gove Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has given evidence Parliamentary Levelling up Committee on 21st November.
He made some interesting points
Many commentators believe Gove is looking to revise the way local housing need is calculated so that it promotes higher housing numbers in towns and cities and in more deprived areas, and less in rural parts of the country.
On the 22nd November Rishi Sunak had to delay a debate on long awaited planning reforms. This was due to many Conservative MP’s threatening to vote against the proposed changes related to housing targets. The plan to continue with centrally set national target currently 300,000 has caused a about to 50 MP’s to sign amendments to the mandatory, centrally-set targets embodied in the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill.
The climbdown came after lead rebel Theresa Villiers, the former Northern Ireland Secretary, said the plans would encourage “development which damages the environment and quality of life”.
The controversial sections was due to be debated on 28th November, the debate will now be delayed by several weeks to allow further debate with Tory backbenchers.
The amendment proposed by the dissenting MP’s would have meant that house-building targets would be advisory and not mandatory, and thus carry considerably less weight in determining planning applications.
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