These would allow individual streets, when a large majority of homeowners agree, to give themselves permission to increase the size of their houses.
Sooner or later this problem is going to hit the Tories – hard – due to the demographics the party needs to attract at the next election.
Annual net migration currently suggests 55,000 more homes a year since the 2014 projections – more than the entire rise planned after the housing row.
I would like to reply, again, to Henry Hill – as part of our debate on the best way to build in Britain.
Clarity is needed that “levelling up” is not intended to mean class war against the more affluent.
A report has found that empty commercial and retail buildings, owned by local authorities, could be converted into 19,500 homes.
Bob Seely is wrong – building more homes is not just about ‘local people’.
I take issue with Henry Hill’s recent article for ConservativeHome on the matter. Here’s why.
We need a thriving construction workforce. A shortage of skilled workers has been exacerbated by foreign-born workers returning home.
The legislation introduced by the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 is still remarkably unchanged to this day.
The issues that were raised with us on doorsteps in the local elections were about our highways, town centre and green spaces.
Ultimately, we have to prevent vulnerable people from ever reaching the streets. We should seize this opportunity to work out how.
The key is not just to get homes built, but to provide realistic pathways to ownership for middle- and working-class families.
It is nonsense to suggest that ‘levelling up’ demands misdirecting building targets to places where housing is already affordable.
Since I arrived in 2018, I have discovered so much about British politics – and the value of a name.