Major change to housebuilding targets that could keep prices high

MICHAEL Gove has BINNED controversial plans to introduce house-building targets for local councils.

In a major win for Tory rebels who hate new homes being built in their area, targets will now be “advisory” only.

The government has scrapped plans to set housebuilding targets for local authorities

The government has scrapped plans to set housebuilding targets for local authoritiesالإئتمان: جيتي

And in a separate victory for pro-development green Tories, a ban on new onshore windfarms being built is set to be lifted.

In a letter sent to MPs today, Mr Gove saidthere is no truly objective way of calculating how many new homes are needed in an area”.

But the Housing Secretary added that theplan-making process for housing has to start with a number”.

Tensions around housing plans reached boiling point last week as more than 100 Tory MPs threatened to rebel over the government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration bill.