DISTRICT COUNCILS RESPOND TO PRIME MINISTER’S PLANNING PROPOSALS

Responding to the Prime Minister’s plans to radically overhaul the planning system, Cllr Tom Beattie, Vice Chair of the District Councils’ Network, said:

“Getting the country building desperately-needed homes again will be a vital part of the national recovery from coronavirus, and district councils stand shovel-ready to deliver.

“District councils and their local communities continue to grant 9 in 10 planning permissions, while tens of thousands of homes with planning permission remain unbuilt – the housing delivery system is broken, not the planning system.

“To tackle the housing crisis, councils need to be given the funding to invest in infrastructure and the powers to build homes that are green, high quality, and affordable.”