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.