Published: 17th Feb 2021

Local residents should be given control over the developments they see in their own streets, according to a new report. The report by Policy Exchange calls for the devolution of planning permission to individual street level, in a way that ‘shares the benefits with existing residents and communities’. ‘We propose that residents of a street should be able to agree by a high majority on new strict rules for designs to make better use of their plots,’ the report states. ‘A street of suburban bungalows, for example, could agree on the right to create Georgian-style terraces. In many cases, an adopted ‘street plan’ would greatly increase the value of residents’ homes, giving them strong reasons to agree on it.’ According to the report, such a policy could lead to a further 110,000 homes being built each year for the next 15 years, all with the consent of the existing residents, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)