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New administration’s manifesto intentions

by on May 13, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron has returned to Downing Street and said the Conservatives’ electoral triumph means a green light for the Party’s manifesto programme, which included specific targets on housing supply.

The Conservatives have plans for 200,000 new Starter Homes as well as an aspiration of 120,000 new homes courtesy of its Help to Buy initiative plus a further 95,000 as part of the Housing Zone regime, already signalled. Also on the Conservative’s wish-list is a doubling of custom-built homes by the end of the decade.

Brownfield development should be a priority with the aim that 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites will have planning permission for housing by 2020. All local authorities will have to have a brownfield land register. The Party has pledged to establish a London Land Commission. And it may decide to extend the Planning Act 2008 regime to major housing schemes, a move which a number of developers and volume builders have canvassed.

The Conservatives are on record as wanting more neighbourhood planning, a stronger Community Right to Bid regime and have plans for a ‘pocket parks’ programme. The Party also favours giving local people more control over planning and greater protection for the green belt. But in terms of specific policies the main pledges were an end to on-shore wind farm subsidies and a change in the law so local people have the final say on new land-based turbines. Also promised were moves to give local businesses more say on minor planning applications.

The Conservative Manifesto blew warm on more City Deals, more growth deals, and locally-supported garden cities and towns.

The Conservatives have signalled ambitious spending plans on roads, railways (including HS2) and flood prevention schemes. The Party is committed to creating a sovereign wealth fund for the north of England bankrolled from unconventional oil and gas development, including fracking.

The Queens Speech setting out the government’s first legislative programme is scheduled for 27 May.

Read the Conservatives manifesto

 

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