The Government will force Hart to increase its housing target says Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, it is reported in the Telegraph today. The article says:
Families living in some of the most sought-after parts of the country will be forced to accept more homes being built near them to tackle the housing crisis, the Communities Secretary has said.
Sajid Javid said that he wants communities which have benefited from soaring property prices to play their part in solving the housing crisis.
New rules to force councils to increase their housing targets will be published in the next three weeks.
Excerpts from his speech have been tweeted. It is clear Mr Javid has in mind councils that have yet to produce a Local Plan.
From the Javid speech: consultation on new OAN methodology this month. pic.twitter.com/Ny5yygpvuF
— Simon Ricketts (@sricketts1) July 5, 2017
We don’t agree with Government that Hart needs to build even more houses. The 10,185 target adopted in the recent Local Plan Consultation is clearly ridiculous. It is already more than twice the need identified by the Government’s own population forecasts. What we need is more social housing for those who can’t rent and can’t buy. We also need more 1 and 3-bed properties to help the young get on the housing ladder
We certainly don’t need more £1m houses like those for sale in Hartley Wintney at the moment.
Land-banking causing delays to building
We might also address the land-banking in the district, where thousands of houses have not been built, even though planning permission has been granted.
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It remains to be seen if the new Hart Council administration can stand up to this bullying from central Government. We need a lower, more realistic housing target.