Michael Gove’s decision to review controversial planning reforms has been greeted with horror by campaigners for affordable housing, who have warned that delays in addressing barriers to home-building are pushing more young people into rented homes. Will send people
But the pause was welcomed by campaigners in rural areas as an opportunity to make a “fresh start” after fury from “deeply unpopular” proposals drafted by Mr Gove’s predecessor as housing secretary.
Robert Jenrick was sacked in Wednesday’s reshuffle a day after telling cabinet that he backtracked from a plan to impose mandatory house-building targets on local councils and restrict residents’ rights to object to new homes. are.
Within hours of moving into his new department, Mr Gove ordered an end to the legislation, which was due to be published next week and had been deemed the biggest blow to the planning system for 70 years.
He told officials he wanted to review proposals – including a new “regional system” that determines whether each region should grow, develop or protect – and “engage constructively” with colleagues and key stakeholders. it occurs.
The move raised concerns that Mr Gove’s arrival could undermine the prime minister’s determination to remove bureaucratic obstacles standing in the way of his goal of 300,000 new homes a year in England.
Anya Martin, director of the Price Out campaign for affordable home prices, said: “We are horrified that the government is planning reforms.
“Our failure to build enough homes has resulted in decades of escalating costs to tenants, and our planning system is at the heart of this failure.
“Every month when improvements are delayed, there is another month that renters are paying hundreds of pounds more than they should be. Every month when we fail to build enough homes, more people are forced to live with their parents in their 30s, or delay their dreams of home ownership.
But Mr Gove’s stance was welcomed by Tory lawmakers, who saw the defeat of the leafy Chesham and Amersham by-elections in June as a warning of the potential for rebellion in the True Blue shires by voters who were concerned that green spaces would will be terminated.
Rural areas charity CPRE said the pause would allow ministers to have more say to local voices in the way their areas are developed.
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