Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Tensions over housebuilding plans

This morning’s big housebuilding announcement was aimed at unblocking obstacles in the planning system to get development of new homes and extensions going. But it hasn’t unblocked tensions within the government. The main controversy is over whether to relax the quotas for affordable housing within each new development, and The Times reports that Nick Clegg and Eric Pickles were at loggerheads with George Osborne over the idea.

This morning, Downing Street announced that developers can bypass a council’s affordable housing requirements if they feel they make a site...

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