A report which was launched by the government today has discussed planning freedoms in order to keep up with the growing demand of the housing market…
A report which was launched by the government today has discussed planning freedoms in order to keep up with the growing demand of the housing market….
The productivity plan titled “Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation” was announced earlier today by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, at a speech in Birmingham.
The government revealed it will introduce a new zonal system which will automatically give permission on suitable brownfield sites, as well as taking tougher action to ensure local authorities are using their powers to get local plans in place.
The government will also bring forward proposals for stronger and fairer compulsory purchase powers. The Mayors of London and Manchester will also gain new major planning powers.
The Right to Buy scheme will also be extended to housing association tenants and will deliver 200,000 Starter Homes for first time buyers.
“The top-down targets of the past planning system did nothing to deliver the homes our country needs,” commented Greg Clark, Communities Secretary.
“In contrast, putting local people in control has led to record numbers of homes being granted permission and support for house building to grow.
“Today’s proposals ensure we go further and faster, removing the barriers so we can keep the country building and support hard-working people to achieve their dream of home ownership.”
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has also asked former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Charles Bean, to lead an independent review of the quality, delivery and governance of the UK’s economic statistics in order to measure productivity.
“The only way to sustainably raise the living standards of the citizens of our nation is to confront the challenge of our lifetime, to raise productivity,” commented Osborne.
Javid concluded that this plan was set to raise the UK’s living standards and become “the best of all the major economies by 2030.”