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Localism law 'will create more houses'

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Government changes to planning law will lead to more houses being built and people having more say over building projects taking place in their area, according to Communities Minister Greg Clark

The Localism Bill would also trim existing legislation which currently runs to around 900,000 words, he added.

However, Tewkesbury Tory MP Laurence Robertson argued that the Government’s proposals were problematic. He said: ‘There is also the right of local people to decide on housing levels. But in my experience, understandably, very few people want very many homes built close to them.’

But according to Mr Clark (pictured), the new laws would ensure more homes are constructed.

He said: ‘You ask a very important question and it goes to the heart of the purpose of the Bill, which is to deal with the situation that the number of homes built has fallen to a low last seen in the 1920s.

‘The reason for it is two-fold. Firstly, communities don’t get to share in the benefits of new building and specifically don’t get the infrastructure that is required. Secondly, if you exclude people from a say in the look and feel of development in their areas, no wonder they will be opposed to it.’

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