Housebuilding - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:28 pm on 7 June 2023.

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Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Deputy Chairman of Committees 3:28, 7 June 2023

Has my noble friend seen today’s Times, which reports that new housebuilding is at its lowest level for 14 years, outside the Covid years? Has a much-needed recovery not been delayed by the concession on planning made in another place to a number of government Back-Benchers, which has already resulted in over 50 local authorities withdrawing their local plans with a view to submitting new plans with a lower number? If a Government make a manifesto commitment to build 300,000 homes, can they rely simply on the good will of local authorities to deliver it, or should we amend the levelling-up Bill to ensure that the country gets the homes it needs?