Friday, 9 March 2018

'Nimby' Councils Failing To Build Enough Homes Will Lose Planning Powers, Says Javid

“Nimby” councils that don’t build enough homes will be stripped of the right to decide where new houses are placed in their area. Housing secretary Sajid Javid warned local authorities he would be “breathing down your neck every day and night” to ensure home-building targets were met. An overhaul of planning laws will give councils targets for how many homes they should build each year, taking into account local house prices, wages and the number of key workers such as nurses, teachers and police officers in the area. Higher targets will be set for areas with higher “unaffordability ratios”. If councils fail to deliver on the target they will be stripped of planning powers, and independent inspectors will take over. Read more on the Guardian website.

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