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Housing: Construction

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th January 2018.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on housing supply of the previous housing targets for local authorities established in the Regional Spatial Strategies.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the quantum of under-supply in housing caused by local authorities pursuing housing supply targets from (a) the Regional Spatial Strategies and (b) other housing targets introduced prior to 2010.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

No specific assessment has been made of the impact of previous housing targets from the Regional Spatial Strategies regime or other targets introduced before 2010.

Since 2010, a range of reforms to streamline the planning system have been introduced. This has freed the system of red tape that has stifled it for too long and boosted the building of much-needed homes. This included removing top-down regional planning systems, and enabling communities to have a much greater say in the homes that are built in their area through Neighbourhood Planning. These initiatives are starting to see meaningful results, with 217,000 homes delivered last year and a record number of planning permissions granted.

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