Frank Browne has a look at the numbers and reflects on whether the Government, local authorities and housebuilders are doing enough to keep up with ambitious housing targets.
Announcements today by the PM were supposed to revolutionise housing policy, particularly as it was only last month that Theresa May made it her ‘personal mission to build the homes this country needs’. However the new draft National Planning Policy Framework was underwhelming to say the least, let alone revolutionary.
Seven years ago the Government published the Localism Bill, announcing it would herald a major reversal of decades of centralisation and instead truly empower local government, communities and individuals to act on local priorities. Frank Browne reflects on whether the bill has achieved what it set out to do?
Twelve months ago, Mrs May was riding high with stratospheric polling numbers, expectations were high for the forthcoming local government elections and covert talks were discussing the pros and cons of a snap election to give her an improved majority as well as a proper mandate. Fast forward a year on...