Published: 15th Sep 2017

The government has announced a new approach to planning, which it claims will provide a ‘realistic picture’ of how many new homes are needed in an area. The communities secretary, Sajid Javid announced yesterday proposed changes to the planning system which he claimed will ensure councils work together to plan for more homes in the right places. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Mr Javid said the ‘starting point’ for local plans across England should be a total of 266,000 homes per year. The communities secretary added the proposed system also uses household growth projections published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to establish how many new homes will be needed to meet rising demand. He said in any area where average house prices are more than four times average earnings, the government will increase the number of homes that will be planned for. There will also be a cap on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)