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Somewhat ironically, the independent review looking into claims of delays in new house building rates is itself running late. Joking aside, the content of Oliver Letwin’s letter should be a cause for concern.
Last week the UK Government announced a consultation to overhaul the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). During Theresa May’s speech, announcing these changes, she referenced the success of several new initiatives including the £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), which made its first funding awards of at the start of February. The HIF is a grant available to local councils in England to unlock areas for development and enable schemes to be built quicker by providing funding for key infrastructure. This funding has come directly from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and aims to support the delivery of infrastructure needed to build up to 200,000 new homes. This blog looks at the HIF supported schemes across the South West.
Transport Infrastructure is key
The Government has faced criticism for its proposed NPPF revisions seemingly placing the blame for the housing crisis on local councils.
Is the Prime Minister a YIMBY or a NIMBY? After yesterday’s speech announcing the new NPPF it is hard to tell.