Updated 08.06.2016

Please find the Minister's letter below that I hope addresses some of the issues constituent's have contacted me about.

Many constituents have contacted me recently about the Government’s Consultation on Proposed Changes to National Planning Policy Framework.

I strongly believe that our fields, woodlands and countryside should be protected against excessive development. These are special areas of our country that we have a right to enjoy and pass on to future generations.  

Equally, I recognise that more homes need to be delivered to meet the demands of our increasing population. The previous Labour Government did little to address the housing shortage and left this country with the lowest levels of housebuilding since the 1920's. This Government, in contrast, has delivered over 700,000 homes in the last 6 years, and priority is now being given to the development of brownfield sites. Latest statistics show that the level of Green Belt development is at its lowest rate since modern records began in 1989.  

However, it is also important that sites with existing planning permission are built on. Under-delivery creates uncertainty for communities and discourages young families from staying in the area. One proposal to address under-delivery is to release further land following a Housing Delivery Test. This would ensure that where developers don't deliver, Councils and local people can work together to deliver the homes that their area needs.

I can assure constituents that the Government is considering all views, and will respond to the Consultation in due course. You may like to read the Consultation document in full here: http://tinyurl.com/zqyxnyx