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Ministers defend scrapping regional housing targets

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Government ministers have defended scrapping regional housing targets, at their first Commons committee evidence session

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, housing minister Grant Shapps and decentralisation minister Greg Clark all insisted that the introduction of financial incentives for councils to build more houses will be an improvement on the previous system.

They were questioned by the Communities and Local Government Committee, chaired by Labour MP Clive Betts.

The new system will provide better quality housing and give people a bigger share of ‘the benefits of development’, according to the ministers.

Clark told the committee that all political parties share consensus that Government ministers should make decisions on national projects.

An announcement on the National Planning Framework will be made shortly, Clark added.

‘I don’t want this to be done as it was before, behind closed doors,’ he said.

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