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Planning Minister Slams Irresponsible Councils

Planning Minister Slams Irresponsible Councils

Government Planning Minister Claims Planning Laws are sending UK housing back to the 19th Century

Planning Minister Nick Boles has stirred up a real hornets’ nest by claiming that local authorities that save green fields instead of building residential properties are irresponsible, and building new homes must be prioritised above preserving fields.

Nick Boles argued that homes create more human happiness than fields, whilst revealing the Government is determined to speed up the rate of residential house building, despite strong opposition.

Mr. Boles slammed local authorities in an interview with the Daily Mail stating:”Deeply irresponsible councils and communities that refuse to co-operate with the government’s expansion plans will risk losing their hospitals and high street shops as their populations shrink. I understand that rural campaigners are very worried when green-field land is replaced by the sheer ugliness and soullessness of housing estates. However, current planning laws are sending Britain back to the 19th century when only the well-off could afford their own home. The sum of human happiness that is created by the houses that are being built is vastly greater than the economic, social and environmental value of a field that was growing wheat or rape.”

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More UK Property Investment Needed according to a new study

The UK needs a Housing Revolution say FHC

The UK needs a Housing Revolution say FHC

A study by the Future Homes Commission (FHC) reckons that 3 times the current amount of new houses being built is needed in Britain in order to stop the blight of poor housing.

The FHC, set up by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is calling for a housing revolution in the UK and wants another 300,000 houses each year to be built on brownfield land in areas close to almost all cities, towns and villages.

The FHC study states that such a proposal would create tens of thousands of new jobs and promote UK property investment and the plan would not cost the UK Government a penny so long as the dysfunctional way we build homes is radically overhauled.

The FHC’s recommended plan of action would see local authorities start rental housing developments for taxpayers by bringing their funds together to give the UK better houses.

Five main modifications are recommended which would see a radical improvement in UK housing, with the first being a rise in the amount of new houses built each year increasing from 100,000 to 300,000.

Future Homes Commission chairman, Sir John Banham, said: “There is no better time to tackle the UK housing crisis. After a year-long national inquiry, the Future Homes Commission has concluded a housing revolution is entirely possible and will lead economic growth.”

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