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May: councils to consider developers’ record in planning approval

Councils are to be given the power to take developers’ previous build-out rates into consideration when considering planning applications, under a planning overhaul to be announced by Theresa May.

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The prime minister will today unveil the draft amended version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the first since it was introduced in 2012.

She will warn developers that are too slow to build homes that their records could be held against them when bidding for planning permission.


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And she will attack the “perverse incentive” of the mega bonuses awarded to house builder bosses.

The speech will emphasise the need for developers “to step up and do their bit”.

“I want to see planning permissions going to people who are actually going to build houses, not just sit on land and watch its value rise,” Ms May will say.

“Where councils are allocating sufficient land for the homes people need, our new planning rulebook will stop developers building on large sites that aren’t allocated in the plan – something that’s not fair on residents who agree to a plan only to see it ignored.”

Other measures in the updated planning rulebook will implement around 80 proposals set out in the Housing White Paper, Number 10 said.

This will include allowing councils to prioritise affordable housing for key workers, including nurses, teachers, and firefighters.

But the PM will also insist that the “answer to our housing crisis does not lie in tearing up the green belt”.

Councils will only be able to amend green belt boundaries “if they can prove they have fully explored every other reasonable option for building the homes their community needs”, she will add.

Research by the Local Government Association found there are 423,000 homes with planning permission still waiting to be built.

The new NPPF will be open to consultation for the next eight weeks, with the final version due to appear in summer.

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