Local Government: Land

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of maintaining a five-year land supply on the ability of local authorities to reject planning applications.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government does not monitor the decisions made by local authorities on planning applications. Planning applications must be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations, including national planning policy, indicate otherwise. This means that the best way for local authorities to prevent the success of speculative applications is to have an up-to-date development plan and maintain a five year land supply of deliverable sites for housing.

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