Planning policy should make it easier to build 'small-scale and low-density schemes' that 'protect the character of rural England' but some development should go on green belt land, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said.
Developers are 'blatantly landbanking to keep prices high' and 'quotas for affordable housing on each development' should be scrapped, former London mayor and foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said.
The government will explore whether 'social value' principles should be applied to areas of public decision-making such as planning, according to its new strategy for creating stronger communities.
Powers to establish locally led new town corporations aim to give councils a lead role in home delivery, say Stephen Hill and Rob Smith.
POLICY: Planning appeal inquiries review - terms of reference
Amid widespread discontent over the rapid turnover of housing ministers under Theresa May's administration, the latest incumbent to take on the post is a strong advocate of local control over planning matters with long experience of local government.
- Major Projects Planner Bassetlaw District Council Worksop, Nottinghamshire
- Planning Development Manager Bassetlaw District Council Nottinghamshire
- Northern Arc Strategic Development Manager Mid Sussex District Council Haywards Heath, West Sussex
- Lead Advisor Macdonald & Co London (Central), London (Greater)
- Senior Planner/Senior Consultant - Economic Development Macdonald & Co London (Central), London (Greater)
"They're lying on the planning application." "But there's nothing we can do." "They're powerful enough to get what they want without breaking the law." "That's why it pays to be friends with them. Yeah, they all watch each other's backs."
During last year's election campaign, the Conservative and Labour parties said that they would pursue a greater share for the public purse of unearned gains conferred on landowners by planning permission or infrastructure development.
Javid shifted focus onto housing delivery but successor must hit the ground running, by John Geoghegan
The planning sector has become used to change at the housing ministry. But the appointment of James Brokenshire as housing secretary - the third to lead the department since 2016 - has still come as a surprise to many.
Next week's local elections have the potential to bring widespread change to political control of local authorities across the country, and with it significant alterations to local planning policy.