To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of a combination of more restrictive immigration controls and lower population growth on (a) housing and planning (i) mechanisms and (ii) policy and (b) the amount of building taking place on land in the green belt.
The Housing White Paper sets out the government’s intentions to strengthen national planning policy to build more homes in the right places.
Current projections assume that net migration will fall. Nearly two thirds of the growth in households will come from natural change in the population, not net migration. Even if net migration fell by more than projected we would still face a significant housing challenge which requires us to make a step-change in housing delivery. We will be consulting on a standard approach to assessing housing requirement at the earliest opportunity.
The Housing White Paper also reaffirms the government’s commitment to Green Belt protection, and proposes amendments to national planning policy that would require greater transparency about what constitutes exceptional circumstances when amending Green Belt boundaries, so that communities can hold their local authorities to account.