Goverment clamp down on local councils


'Nimby' councils which fail to build enough new homes will lose planning powers

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid warned local authorities he would be "breathing down your neck every day and night" to ensure home-building targets are met.

An overhaul of planning laws will see the creation of new rules to give councils targets for how many homes they should build each year.

They will take into account local house prices, wages and the number of "key workers" such as nurses, teachers and police officers in the area.

Higher targets will be set for areas with higher "unaffordability ratios", Mr Javid told the Sunday Times.

If councils fail to deliver on the target they will be stripped of planning powers, with independent inspectors taking over...

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