In the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee today Nick Boles, Planning Minister, clearly stated that planning on its own was not the key to unlocking housing growth and that finance and credit were more immediate problems to be tackled.
Society Spokesperson, John Silvester, said "at last it's been accepted that planning is not the major culprit in stalling economic growth, and financial issues were the key."
Boles did indicate that some 1400 housing sites were stalled but that he could not say how many of these were because of unviable s106 agreements. He suggested that authorities should follow the example of those authorities that have renegotiated agreements to enable development to go ahead and affordable houses built, otherwise they may find developers taking their schemes direct to the Inspectorate for determination.
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Nick Boles MP