Housing targets have been cancelled but Councils can now bring forward any plans they like provided they are supported by 50% of the local people.
Grant Shapps has said :
"Whether in a village, town or city, it is local people who best know the housing challenges their community faces. I want every community to have the tools they need to work together and find appropriate local solutions.
"That's why the Localism Bill will mean that the new Community Right to Build won't just be available for countryside communities - it will be open to anyone with the drive and vision to build homes wherever they live in the country.
"These community-led developments won't need normal planning permission, but will instead need to pass the test of public opinion, and gain the support of more than half of voters in a local referendum. I hope this will prompt neighbourhoods up and down the country to consider the housing needs of their communities, and take up their right to build."
Cancellation of Regional Targets has been resisted in Norwich but elsewhere in the country there have been sharp downward revisions in numbers since May. This is a selection from the BBC Website
- Exeter: 3,000
- Torbay: 5,000
- Bristol City: 9,560
- Luton & Stevenage: 10,650
- Northampton, Daventry & S Northants: 12,125
- North Somerset: 13,350
- Source: Tetlow King