Greater support for new homes, says housing minister

Posted 29 July 2014 by Keith Osborne

Support for housebuilding has increased dramatically thanks largely to government planning reforms, claims the newly appointed housing minister Brandon Lewis.

In a piece he wrote for a national newspaper's website last weekend, Mr Lewis claimed that there had been a "a changing mind-set" when it comes to the "Not In My Backyard" (NIMBY) attitude to major housing schemes.

Referring to a survey of British Social Attitudes, published last Friday, the minister said support for new homes has increased from 28% in 2010 when reforms where introduced by the coalition government, to 47% by 2013.

Meanwhile the percentage of those opposing new homes has decreased by 15% over the same period, the survey revealed.
Mr Lewis credited the reforms with giving local people control over their local areas.

"This changing mind-set can now be seen in the pipeline of projects coming through the reformed planning system," he wrote.

"Last year successful applications for major housing schemes were up 23%, and planning permissions were granted for 216,000 new homes. The new planning system puts local people in control, so if they want to build more homes, they will."



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