Mr Redwood’s intervention during the statement on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Rt Hon John Redwood MP (Wokingham) (Con): Wokingham Borough Council, the unitary authority in my area, has issued a very large number of planning permissions—well above its five-yearly amounts under the plan—but the build rate has not always been high enough. Will the Secretary of State help such local authorities through experiments to find ways of increasing the build rate so that homes are built where they are agreed to be built, rather than granting on appeal houses elsewhere where there would not be the same infrastructure contribution and the same ability to fit in with the plan?

The Secretary of State for Communities, Local Government & Housing (Mr Sajid Javid MP): My right hon. Friend raises a real and important issue, which he knows I have discussed with his local authority. The measures subject to the consultations that we are announcing today will certainly help with that problem. I hope that my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset will provide further help when he reports back on the work that he is doing.

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  1. Epikouros
    Posted March 7, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    You highlight another example of the danger associated with the big state. Bureaucrats and politicians deciding where homes and infrastructure should be built when in fact those decisions should rightly be made by those who would use and produce them. That is how democracy really works as that is the least wasteful and most efficient way to plan, control and use resources.

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