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Prime Minister May Announces Major Planning Reforms

Maximising the use of land, strengthened protections for the Green Belt and a greater emphasis on converting planning permissions into homes are at the heart of new planning reforms, launched by the Prime Minister on the 5th of March to deliver the homes the country needs.

The government has already delivered more than 1m homes since 2010, and last year saw the biggest increase in housing supply in England – over 217,000 new homes – for almost a decade.

Although significant progress has been made, May said her government must do more to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. More planning permissions need to be fast tracked into homes for a generation of first time buyers locked out of the housing market and the increasing older generation need the right homes designed to their needs.

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