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Housing Development (Consultation)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 21st October 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing 10:30 am, 21st October 2010

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that question. First, we are introducing a duty to co-operate, so that one authority has to be talking to its neighbour in order to get its local plan signed off. Secondly, I can confirm today that the flow of new money from the new homes bonus will be some £900 million, even before top-slicing in the later years, so it will be a significant amount. In that context, there is nothing to prevent one local authority from speaking to its neighbour and saying, "Look, we'd like to build these homes here, but we recognise that this would have some impact on you there. We will come to a deal with you, and if we're both happy it will go into our local plan."

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