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Ministers are poised to introduce a new national formula to replace rules allowing councils to assess their own housing needs.
Their plans could see the creation of 21st Century ‘mansion blocks’ designed to increase housing density in England’s towns and cities to avoid concreting over the countryside.
Planning rules will be torn up to allow buildings to be extended upwards ‘by a floor or two’.
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Abandoned shops could be converted into housing and railway station car parks could be moved underground to provide more space for property development.
The move puts ministers on collision course with countryside campaigners, who warn that England’s green belt land is already ‘under siege’.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid says the move is needed to end the situation where thousands of young families “have found the door to the housing market slammed in their face”.
The changes are the centrepiece in a long-awaited housing White Paper, which is designed to deliver on Theresa May’s pledge to tackle the housing crisis.
Ministers want developers to build much more quickly
The White Paper is designed to tackle a situation that has left millions of first-time buyers priced out of the market and many growing families unable to afford the move to a larger home.
Forecasts suggest 5.3 million new homes will be needed in England over the next 25 years with immigration accounting for 37 per cent of new demand.
But ministers believe 40 per cent of English councils have housing plans that fail to ‘meet the projected growth’.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England fears England’s green belt is ‘under siege’ from developers looking to build new housing and the infrastructure to serve it.
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The destruction of green belt land is prompting growing alarm on the Tory benches with half the Cabinet facing local protests over proposed developments.
Mr Javid says the crisis can be tackled by increasing the density of new homes in towns and cities.
Ministers are also determined to put pressure on developers to build much more quickly, rather than sitting on sites for years in the hope they will increase in value.
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