Of course they were never national – local authorities set them themselves collectively in groupings
Councils will be ordered to give permission for hundreds of thousands more homes today as part of Government plans to fix the ‘broken’ housing market.
Today’s move effectively reintroduces national housing targets after they were scrapped by the Coalition Government in 2010.
The move puts ministers on collision course with countryside campaigners, who warn that England’s green belt land is already ‘under siege’.
Writing in the Daily Mail today, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid says the move is needed to end the situation where thousands of young families ‘have found the door to the housing market slammed in their face’.
The changes are the centrepiece in today’s long-awaited housing White Paper, which is designed to deliver on Theresa May’s pledge to tackle the housing crisis.