Will this work – not a chance – what about Green Belt areas, Brighton, London, an automatic Green Light in conservation areas, to 80 storey buildings? The exceptions are likley to be so great that it will be nullified and only really hit in scattered locations on the edge of villages and towns outside the Green Belt where the NPPF hits, and which in total still lead to less than 200,000 houses a year being built. Sooner or later the penny has to drop, if we want to build 275,000 houses a year then the public sector will for them and build them in places where they can be delivered.
HOUSE prices in desirable areas could go down for the first time under a radical new government test to see more building, The Sun can reveal.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is preparing to unveil a striking new rule that will make NIMBY councils take local affordability into account.
Under it, every authority will have to calculate how easy it is for young workers to get on the housing ladder by working out their local salary-to-house price ratio.
The average house in Britian now costs 7.8 times the average salary – an all-time record.
And in some areas of the south east, the figure rockets to above 12 times people’s wages.
Mr Javid wants to slap a new automatic legal requirement on councils with ratios that are too high to make them green light thousands more homes, so that a significant increase in housing supply reduces prices over time.
Mr Javid’s test has been debated intensely in No10 for six months over fears it will spark a rebellion from some Tory MPs, The Sun can also reveal.
It could also ignite a dangerous backlash in solid Tory areas as home owners panic about their own houses losing value.
But a senior government source said last night: “Sajid has come up with what he insists is an objective and transparent test to increase supply.
“For once, councils won’t be able to fudge it, and that is key.
“There was nervousness in Downing Street before the election about upsetting the horses, but he has persuaded a lot of us round.”
Mr Javid’s plan could be unveiled as early as tomorrow.
In a preview of his plan, Mr Javid mounted a withering attack on councils three weeks ago for failing to build enough.
The Cabinet minister branded them refusal “not good enough” and declared that “the era of tolerating such poor, patchy performance is over”.
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Dropped a big hint about his salary ratio test, Mr Javid telling Local Government Association conference: “Where housing is particularly unaffordable, local leaders need to take a long, hard, honest look to see if they are planning for the right number of homes”.
He also slammed some councils for still failing to come up with a local development plan years after they were introduced.
Mr Javid added: “Our aim is simple: to ensure these plans begin life as they should, with an honest, objective assessment of how much housing is required”.
Ministers are working to a private target of seeing 275,000 new homes a year built just to keep up with the soaring population demand – more than 100,000 more than today’s rate.
Since the 1970s, an average of just 160,000 new homes each year have gone up.
As The Sun revealed earlier this year, new powers will mean ministers can also force councils to increase their new build numbers if they refuse to deliver them.
Planning rules that prevent higher buildings will also be relaxed in a bid to increase housing density.
Theresa May is has ordered ministers to answer young people’s cry of anger at the general election by tackling the housing crisis once and for all.
A new survey from accountants PwC yesterday revealed continuing huge demand will hike the average house price to an eye-watering £302,000 a year by 2025, up from £212,000 now.