ishi Sunak has pledged to guard the “valuable” inexperienced belt as he argued extra houses could be constructed on brownfield websites.
If he turns into prime minister in September, the previous chancellor would reap the benefits of the forthcoming refresh of planning legal guidelines to cease native authorities requesting modifications to inexperienced belt boundaries with the intention to launch land for improvement.
Mr Sunak would order planning authorities to robotically reject these proposals and would process his housing secretary to vary coverage to make it clear that inappropriate improvement shouldn’t be permitted on the inexperienced belt underneath any circumstances.
He mentioned his planning coverage can be “brownfield, brownfield, brownfield”.
The Richmond MP mentioned: “Inexperienced belt land is extraordinarily valuable within the UK. Over the previous couple of years we’ve seen too many examples of native councils circumventing the views of residents by taking land out of the inexperienced belt for improvement, however I’ll put a cease to it.
“Below my plans, if a area people has clearly judged a improvement to be inappropriate, there are not any circumstances during which planning permission ought to be granted.
“Extra houses could be constructed whereas defending the inexperienced belt and our most valuable landscapes. Information reveals that nicely over one million houses may very well be constructed throughout the nation on brownfield websites, with notably excessive capability within the North West, Yorkshire, and the West Midlands.
“These locations are crying out for brand spanking new houses and a mixture of constructing right here, and extra inner-city densification, will assist us present the housing that the UK wants, while defending the countryside round our cities and cities.”
The previous chancellor mentioned he would assist native authorities to regenerate industrial land by strengthening coverage to encourage densification in inner-city areas.
So as to assist native authorities getting native plans in place, Mr Sunak would additionally instantly calm down constraints and evaluation “native housing want” projections, that are based mostly on out-of-date 2014 ONS numbers.
His marketing campaign staff insisted the announcement is a big distinction to Liz Truss, who pledged to construct a million houses on inexperienced belt land throughout her temporary marketing campaign for the Tory management in 2019.
Extra not too long ago, Ms Truss has mentioned she would scrap housing targets, describing them as “Stalinist”.
Alex Morton, head of coverage on the Centre for Coverage Research – a centre-right suppose tank – mentioned the necessity for extra homes couldn’t be ignored.
He mentioned: “Each candidates must be trustworthy with Tory members that we’d like extra houses, within the South, specifically.
“Different insurance policies akin to boosting brownfield or decreasing immigration may assistance on housing – however the candidates haven’t set out tips on how to obtain both – and in any case, the size of the housing disaster means the broader want for extra houses within the South, together with on greenfield websites, can’t be ignored.”