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DCN responds to PAC report on planning and housing market

Houses of Parliament and Portcullis House from Westminster Bridge

 

Responding to a report by the Public Accounts Committee warning that the Government’s housebuilding target is in “jeopardy”, Cllr John Fuller, Chairman of the District Councils’ Network, said:

“The Government is trying to shift the blame for missing its housing targets onto councils but that simply won’t wash.

“Councils have permitted more new homes, more quickly and in greater numbers than ever before – over 90 per cent are approved and 400,000 permissions are ready to be implemented. 

“Rather than blame councils, the Government would do better to reflect on why its own Planning Inspectorate takes years to rubber stamp local plans or adjudicate on appeals.

“Councils want to manage their housing market and should be given to tools to do so, including step-in rights to take control of sites when developers seek to renege on promises made when they sought permission in the first place.”

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