Published: 15th Oct 2020

The housing minister has defended the government’s controversial proposals to shake up the planning system, which he said would bring about ‘systemic and cultural change’. Speaking to the District Council’s Network yesterday (14 October), Christopher Pincher said the government had been ‘pretty successful over the last 10 years with respect to housing’. The government first revealed its plans to reform the planning system in August, after claiming the current system ‘sluggish’ and ‘outdated’. But some of the proposals have met with fierce criticism from some Conservative backbenchers and the Local Government Association. And earlier this month, the housing, communities and local government committee launched a new inquiry to investigate the proposals. Mr Pincher said that current local plans ‘do not provide for the ambition we have’, which is to build 300,000 new homes each year. ‘We also need to make sure that we are building homes in the right places to meet … (To read the full article, subscribe below)