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London Councils' response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s housing speech and publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework

  • By jourdanwongmuhammad

MHCLG have now published the consultation seeking views on the draft text of the National Planning Policy Framework. The revision of the National Planning Policy Framework implements around 80 previously announced reforms, as set out in the Housing White Paper. The Government are now seeking views on the wording that implements these commitments.

 

Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ Executive member for housing, said:

 
“London boroughs are committed to building and enabling building of the homes that London needs, in all tenures. Therefore we welcome the government’s increasingly pragmatic approach to housing.
 
“However, boroughs still have insufficient power to expedite the building of homes as they can only grant permissions and do not have the power to compel developers to build.  In 2016/17, 60,000 new homes were granted planning permission in London yet only 23,230 new build houses were completed.
 
“In 2016/17 boroughs also received 18 per cent of all planning applications in England, a significant proportion. Removing councils' abilities to plan when they don't meet targets that are not within their control will not help address the current crisis and may lead to poor place making.”
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors:
  • Data from the Home Builders Federation show that 60,000 new homes were granted planning permission in London in the year to September 2017.
  • MHCLG data shows that in 2016/17, 23,230 new build houses were completed in London.
  • MHCLG data shows that in 2016/17 boroughs received 18% of all planning applications in England.
  • MHCLG data for 2016/17 shows that despite the significant pressure of receiving such a quantity of applications, borough planning departments granted permission for 80% of all planning applications and were able to make decisions on 87% of major development applications within the 13 week target time period and 82% of minor applications within the 8 week target time period.
  • Local authority planning and development departments suffered a 46% real-terms reduction in funding between 2010/11 and 2014/15.