Planning system has failed to plan for enough homes 'for decades', Javid says

The planning system has failed to plan for the number of homes needed 'for decades' and too much control is given to those who oppose new developments, communities secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid
Communities secretary Sajid Javid

Javid told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester yesterday that the inability of young people to access home ownership is "a national outrage" and "the biggest barrier to social progress in our country today".

"The opportunity that my generation took for granted now seems lost to so many," he said. "It is no wonder that we see so many young people angry and feeling left behind. This is a clear injustice at the very heart of our society."

The reason for the housing crisis is "not that we have a market but that we have a market that is broken", Javid said.

"For decades our planning system has failed to plan for the number of homes we need," he said. "Too much control is given to those who will never accept development."

Javid said it is a mark of the government’s failure on housing that the Labour opposition is "being taken seriously again".

But he insisted that the Conservative Party has "made progress" through an increase in housebuilding and a record number of planning permissions being granted over the past year.

"But we still need to do much more", he said. "We recognise that major reform is needed, and we have been getting on with that. We have introduced a new measure of housing which will finally see us start planning for as many homes as we need in the places that really need them."

Javid told delegates that the government’s focus would now move towards reforms in the private rented sector.


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