CLG troubleshooters to kick start developments
The government plans to send 13 troubleshooters into local authorities to help start stalled housing developments and stimulate the economy.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles will send the planning experts in to negotiate with developers where large housing projects have stalled. He hopes the move will result in 200,000 new homes.
The Daily Telegraph reported today that chancellor George Osborne is considering relaxing planning rules further amid concerns that the national planning policy framework, which was published in July, does not go far enough to encourage housebuilding.
There are currently 226,000 sites where development has been delayed or suspended, according to government figures.
Housing minister Grant Shapps announced the £570 million Get Britain building fund in November 2011, which offers mostly commercial loans to developers and is expected to fund 200 stalled projects.
The Communities and Local Government department is expected to announce the plan in full on Monday.