CLA Welcomes Housing Secretary’s Intervention on Overdue Local Development Plans

17 November 2017

The CLA has welcomed a breakthrough in its long running campaign to get Ministers to take action against local authorities that have failed to put in place a Local Development Plan.

The Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has written to 15 authorities that have no plans in place and put over 55 on notice that government is ready to step in and impose a local plan that will provide communities and developers greater certainty where homes can and cannot be built.

The CLA, which represents over 30,000 landowners across rural England and Wales, has for a number of years pressed Ministers to take this action.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said: “This action is welcome and long overdue. Across the country landowners seeking to build new houses are held back by unclear policies and indecisive local planning authorities.

“This means that our villages and smaller settlements are missing out on the homes they need to keep local people in the area. As well as failing to attract the new people that will help ensure vibrant, thriving settlements.

“A clear local plan provides certainty and gives landowners the confidence to consider the investment necessary to get a housing development off the ground.”

The Secretary of State also revealed that the total number of new homes built in the year to March 2017 was 217,000 the highest rate in ten years.

The 15 local authorities against whom Ministers have begun the formal process of considering intervention are: Basildon, Brentwood, Bolsover, Calderdale, Castle Point, Eastleigh, Liverpool, Mansfield, North East Derbyshire, Northumberland, Runnymede, St Albans, Thanet, Wirral and York.

Details of the Government announcement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-homes-delivered-as-government-outlines-housing-vision