Times – would we have leaks like this if the Housing White Paper wasn’t jammed at No. 10
Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, is pressing Theresa May to allow him to take on the vested interests, including house-building companies and some Conservative councils, that he says threaten to scupper the government’s pledge to provide a million new homes by the end of the decade.
He is putting the finishing touches to measures that he says are urgently needed if the government is to deliver on its promise.
Later this month he will publish proposals to speed up the planning process and force councils to accept thousands more homes in a bid to ease the housing crisis.
Almost all areas of the North will see considerable household growth – its certainly not being ‘restricted’in Greater Manchester for example – a never been north of Watford Gap southerners framing- – just not the same as the South – after all it has lower population. The issue is whether in making 15+ year housing forecasts do you ‘build in’success of a policy that has not yet been tried. John Prescott thought this thinking it foolish to plan for 20yrs housing targets when his policies would see a shift to growth in the north, he was wrong despite a far stronger policy framework the regional imbalences increased and he worsened the housing shortage as a result. Javid should resist such a foolish policy repeat.