Important announcement from Housing Minister Mr Raab

The Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP announced new regulations to Parliament on 4 June 2018, in which Councils will receive new powers to help them deliver the homes their communities need.

Under the new rules, Councils will be able to seek government’s approval to launch a New Town Development Corporation, which will be responsible for delivering new towns and garden communities in their area.

Held accountable by Councils, the development corporations will be expected to involve communities in projects, which includes allowing residents to have their say on how high-quality homes are delivered. Subject to the normal planning requirements, including safeguards that protect the Green Belt, the corporations will be led by teams made up of council representatives, community stakeholders, experts in delivering major projects and other partner organisations involved in the delivery of sites.

This measure is part of the government’s wide-ranging program of planning reform and targeted funding to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP said: “We need to build the homes our communities need, and I’m committed to giving councils the tools they need to deliver.”

The proposed regulations will be the subject of further debate by MPs and will come into force later this year once it has received approval from Parliament.

Author: Claudia Dietz

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