Better design quality 'at heart and soul of housing challenge', Raab says

Better design quality 'at heart and soul of housing challenge', Raab says

Improving design quality is 'at the heart and soul of the housing challenge' and will help drive up the supply of new homes, planning minister Dominic Raab said today.

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Gravesham moots green belt changes to meet 2,000-home shortfall

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Inspector recommends 'stepped approach' to Leicestershire local plan housing delivery

Inspector recommends 'stepped approach' to Leicestershire local plan housing delivery

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Javid: high quality housing design should be the norm, not the exception

Javid: high quality housing design should be the norm, not the exception

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Why Javid is making multiple decisions at a district level

Why Javid is making multiple decisions at a district level

The secretary of state has twice recently issued a series of decisions in a single council district simultaneously. But experts say the move is explained by local circumstances rather than any new national approach.

What impact could Raab migration comments have on housing need?

What impact could Raab migration comments have on housing need?

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The hurdles to clearing Greater Birmingham's housing shortfall

The hurdles to clearing Greater Birmingham's housing shortfall

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How we did it: Securing approval for an estate renewal

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Did Raab make immigration and housing comments for political reasons, by John Geoghegan

Did Raab make immigration and housing comments for political reasons, by John Geoghegan

In a Sunday Times interview earlier this month, housing minister Dominic Raab said that high levels of immigration had increased house prices over the last 25 years and, if the government cut levels to tens of thousands a year, fewer homes would need to be built.

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