Labour 2013: Benn pledges 'community right to grow'

A Labour government would get Britain building again by handing councils the powers and incentives necessary to build a new generation of new towns and garden cities, shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn has said.

Shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn
Shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn

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Speaking today at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Benn said "it's time to build new communities - new towns and garden cities".

He said: "We will invite local authorities to come forward, and in return we will make sure that they get the powers and incentives they need to acquire land, put in the infrastructure and build".

Benn also said that a Labour government would give areas in the country where "councils and communities see the need for new homes but there just isn't land to build them on" a new "right to grow".

Benn said that the new right would allow such communities to expand and would ensure that neighbouring areas "work with them to do so".

Benn said that communities would be given powers to ensure land is brought forward for housing. He said: "When communities have given planning permission they should be able to say to developers: we've given you the go-ahead, so please get on and build the homes you said you would.

"And if you don't then we'll charge you and, if you still don't, we'll sell the land on to someone else who will."

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