PM told to force councils to build more homes



Backbench Conservatives are putting Theresa May under pressure to approve DCLG proposals aimed at forcing councils to build more homes to tackle Britain’s housing crisis. The department has confirmed that it will publish details by the end of this month of how local authorities should assess the need for housing. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is particularly keen to kick-start redevelopment in areas where prices are rising fastest, although some MPs and councillors are concerned about over-development. In a white paper published in February, the DCLG said: “Some local authorities can duck potentially difficult decisions, because they are free to come up with their own methodology for calculating ‘objectively assessed need’. So, we are going to consult on a new standard methodology for calculating ‘objectively assessed need’, and encourage councils to plan on this basis.”

The full story is available from The Guardian

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