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Housing: Planning Permission

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the merits of ensuring the new planning system for housing requires local authorities to assess and meet housing need and incentivises local communities to build more homes.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

On 21 December 2010 the Minister for Decentralisation, my right hon. Friend Greg Clark, announced that the National Planning Policy Framework will streamline the national suite of planning policies including those currently set out in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing.

Organisations and individuals are currently being invited to offer views on priorities and policies that should be included in the new framework before a draft is produced and available for formal consultation.

The New Homes Bonus scheme is a powerful, simple, transparent and permanent incentive for local authorities and communities to increase their aspirations for housing growth. Commencing in April 2011, the New Homes Bonus will match fund the additional council tax raised for new homes and properties brought back into use, with an additional amount of £350 for affordable homes, for the following six years.

Consultation on the New Homes Bonus closed on 24 December 2010. We are currently considering all responses and we will publish the final scheme design in due course.

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