Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis has praised the work of planners across the nation for playing their part in delivering homes.
In a speech delivered to the RESI Housing Conference yesterday in Newport, Minister Lewis said:
“Since 2010, planning permissions for new homes are up 50%, while the number of Local Plans in place has more than doubled.
“Last year, councils across England granted permission for 261,000 new homes - the highest annual total for 8 years. It is all too easy to blame the planning system, and planners, for the challenges facing the housing market in particular. All too easy and it would appear, wholly wrong.”
Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:
“The Minister’s comments yesterday are a testament to the ongoing hard work of our members who are delivering planning permission for a record number of homes. Planners are playing their part in solving the housing crisis and we urge the government to continue to focus on the other constraints preventing house building”
The RTPI continues to urge the wide range of factors which have been contributing to the housing crisis to be addressed.
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Watch the Minister address planners at the 2015 RTPI Planning Convention: