Javid Does Not Mention Green Belt but ‘Further Significant measures’in White Paper

CCO full speech

We want to radically increase brownfield development and bring life back to abandoned sites.

That means delivering high quality housing for families, bringing new energy to our high streets and town centres …

… abandoned shopping centres being transformed into new communities …

… and increasing density of housing around stations to build homes that people want to live in.

These three initiatives are just the beginning.

We will publish a Housing White Paper later this year, with further significant measures …

… all helping us towards our ambition for a million new homes by 2020.

The leak to the Daily Mail today was probably after a section was excised to avoid negative headlines on the day of Hammonds speech. Watch for the White Paper

Who will Do Javids Rail Corridor/Green Belt Planning?

Javids Speech

Key questions for the forthcoming White Paper Mr Quartermain:

  • Who will decide around which stations where?
  • Who will decide where the compensatory Green Belt will be
  • Who will carry out the studies to show the spare rail capacity if any and how this can be upgraded?
  • What delivery model – will this include land value capture to help defray the infrastructure costs?  Will there be New Town Development corporations?  Ebbsfleet – now it has found its feet, show how high rates of delivery can be acheived.
  • Will they be proper mixed and balanced communities including social housing?
  • What is the roles of Met Mayors and the Mayor of London – especially if they have an inviolable Green Belt policy
  • Will the NPPF be amended?
  • Will the Duty to Cooperate be amended to make this happen?
  • Will there finally now be a proper policy for Garden CIties, Villages and Garden Suburbs in the NPPF?
  • Will the government tackle a lead on commissioning the corridor studies – politically it would be wish to let the Met Mayors to chair them
  • Will the government bite the bullet and admit this is a return to regional planning?
  • Will the government adopt best practice in linking corridor planning to economic development – e.g. Malaysia 
  • Will the Government finally reconfigure HS2 and HS3 to be more than developing rail without any stations – contrary to international HSR best practice.
  • Its more than just the amount of Green Belt – will some of the land value capture be used to enhance biodiversity, beauty and accessible of housing near peoples new homes?
  • It needs a bold political move to ensure success – such as granting shares to local residents in the new development corporations on their 18th Birthday, which can be used in lieu to secure plots for housing.  Or the old conservative coop model used to develop much of Ealing, granting plots by lottery to local shreholders.


Javid to Signal Development of Green Belt Around Rail Stations – Mail


Hundreds of thousands of affordable homes could be built on protected green belt land.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is considering the proposal as part of a £5billion plan to build more than 250,000 new properties.

He will tell the Conservative Party conference today that he wants to create them on brownfield sites such as abandoned shopping centres and run-down town centres.

However, the Mail can also reveal that Mr Javid is drawing up proposals to build hundreds of thousands on green belt land close to railway stations around London and other major cities. 

Land elsewhere would be designated as green belt to compensate.

Any attempt to build on the green belt, which is subject to strict planning restrictions, is certain to anger countryside campaigners and residents who live by green belt sites facing development.

But ministers believe such land releases around stations could create room for at least 100,000 homes a year within easy reach of London and other growing cities around the country.

A housing White Paper including details of the proposals could be published within weeks.

At the conference in Birmingham, Mr Javid will set out plans to spend £5billion to speed up house-building.

A total of £2billion will be spent on creating roads and other infrastructure so new building can go ahead.

Another £1billion will go towards loans to small building companies to help kick-start construction.

Any attempt to build on the green belt, which is subject to strict planning restrictions, is certain to anger countryside campaigners and residents who live by green belt sites

Separately, £2billion will be spent on using surplus land owned by the state for fast-track building projects.

In his speech, Mr Javid is expected to say: ‘Tackling the housing shortfall isn’t about political expediency.

‘It’s a moral duty – one that falls on all of us, not just in Parliament, but in business, in local government and in our communities. So my message today is clear: It’s time to get building.’

He wants to see enhanced planning powers to allow the construction of houses and blocks of flats on land – much of it derelict around railway stations in the South East – even when they extend into the green belt. 

It has been estimated that acquiring just 4 per cent of the land adjacent to stations could create space for the construction of 100,000 homes every year.

 Mr Javid will tell the Conservative Party conference that he wants to create them on brownfield sites such as abandoned shopping centres and run-down town centres

Hammond to announce yet another ‘relaxation’ of planning rules (its just permission in principle re announced)


The Treasury is to allocate £2bn to boost housebuilding and address what Sajid Javid, communities secretary, has called a “moral duty” to tackle Britain’s longstanding housing shortage.

Mr Javid and Philip Hammond, the chancellor, will on Monday announce the funding, which will be used in a bid to speed up housebuilding by using public land, relaxing planning rules and encouraging new types of development such as custom build and off-site construction.

In addition the chancellor will launch a £3bn fund to provide loans to small housebuilders.

Mr Hammond, in his first major domestic spending announcement, will say the government is determined to use “all the tools at our disposal” to tackle the housing shortage, which Britain has suffered from “for decades”

The chancellor has a deep knowledge of the housing industry, having set up a small housebuilder called Castlemead in the 1980s. He still owns the controlling interest in the company though it is held through a discretionary trust managed by two of his business associates.

Despite the spending announcement, Mr Hammond will insist he will not abandon fiscal discipline, particularly as the Treasury predicted an economic shock after June’s Brexit vote. He will confirm that he has abandoned George Osborne’s target of a fiscal surplus by 2020, but will also warn that the deficit remains unsustainable.

“A fundamental part of maintaining our global competitiveness is getting our public finances back in order,” he will say. “Piling up debt for our children and our grandchildren to pay off is not only unsustainable, it is not fair.”

“The fiscal policies that George Osborne set out were the right ones for that time,” Mr Hammond will say. “When times change, we must change with them. But make no mistake. The task of fiscal consolidation must continue. And it must happen within the context of a clear, credible fiscal framework that will anchor expectations.”

The housebuilders’ loans fund was originally announced by Mr Osborne but is being launched on Monday by his successor.

Mr Javid said last week that increasing housing construction volumes was his “number one priority”. At present, annual construction rates are running at about 170,000 homes but most economists agree at least 250,000 are needed each year to stem rising housing costs.

The new government has moved away from David Cameron’s focus on home ownership. Under Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne, the Conservatives focused their housing policy on ownership, with the Help to Buy scheme subsidising tens of thousands of new buyers.

Mr Javid said the government would instead focus on building more homes of all tenures, including rented housing. He has also vowed not to let Brexit worsen the construction industry’s skills shortage, one of the key factors that housebuilders say is holding them back.

Revealing the new spending plans on Monday, Mr Javid will say it is “only by building more houses that we will alleviate the financial burden on those who are struggling”.

The government will also relax planning rules to make it easier to build on brownfield land by giving automatic permission in principle for suitable sites, and for developers to replace old office buildings with new residential construction. 

In all, the plans could deliver nearly 60,000 more homes by 2021, the Treasury estimate