19 Jan

Localism bill could mean more property for sale

Localism bill could mean more property for sale

The government's proposed decentralisation and localism bill could see more property for sale and buy to let opportunities.

Property developers will have the go ahead to build "whatever, wherever and whenever" if communities neglect to put growth at the centre of their plans, according to a senior government figure.

MP John Howell, parliamentary private secretary to minister of state for decentralisation Greg Clark, said that councils without plans for new development would be "assumed to have a completely permissive planning system".

He described the government's presumption as a "golden thread" running through the new planning system.

However, developers will have to meet national planning guidance being formulated with the localism bill.

Mr Howell said: "I think that is an extremely good incentive for councils.

"When we have got waiting lists for housing and a community that doesn't want to build anything - that does not meet the sustainability test."

The British Property Federation welcomed his comments, saying localism would be "a vehicle to drive growth and development".

Proposals include the creation of Local Enterprise Partnerships, replacing Regional Development Agencies to promote economic development at local levels.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800352757-ADNFCR

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