A cross-party group of council leaders and MPs have called on the Government to give local government a ‘stronger role’ in buying land for housing. The think tank Onward has written an open letter to the housing secretary, James Brokenshire which calls for radical changes in how land is bought and sold to solve the growing housing crisis in the UK. In particular, the letter calls for councils to be given a ‘stronger role in buying and assembling land for housing’. It has been signed by a number of key figures in local government, including the chairman of the County Councils’ Network, Cllr Paul Carter and the mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs. The former planning minister, Nick Boles has also signed the open letter, along with other MPs, including Clive Betts, Karen Buck and Hilary Benn. ‘The Government should think radically about reforming the way we capture planning gain … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart