Reaching the target means changing the type of housing that gets built. But planning reform is already a sensitive topic for Conservative MPs.
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We should be asking ourselves what we want from local government in the future, particularly in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
Most town planners that you speak to will quietly admit that the planning system is designed to prevent development, not permit it.
Encouragingly, both leadership contenders have confirmed their support for more devolution.
Andrew Carter: More flexibility in council finances is needed if the target for new homes is to be met
Without a boost to infrastructure and local services, it will not be possible to increase the housing supply.
Whoever leads the Conservatives into the next election needs to gamble some of its political capital on winning over young, urban voters.
Divert funds from easing tuition fees into funding Further Education; sensible railway investment in the North; and refocus devolution on cities.
The Conservatives have seized the leadership on devolving power.
Much of it is far from green.