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COUNCILS 'RELUCTANT' TO BUILD ON BROWNFIELD SITES - BANK OF ENGLAND

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Local authorities are not doing enough to permit housing development on ...
Local authorities are not doing enough to permit housing development on

brownfield sites, according to a treasury review of housing supply, out

today.

The report was compiled by Kate Barker, a member of the Bank of England's

monetary policy committee. The country's housing supply has not kept pace

with the growth of the economy and this has created serious problems for

people and the labour market, she told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this

morning.

'A lot of local authorities are reluctant to accept planning, because they

see the costs as falling on them and the benefits distributed more widely',

she said. 'We have to get the incentives right.'

It is important to have the right national framework in which local planning

decisions can be better,' she said. 'You have to be sure that the decisions

taken at the local level ... add up to the right answer for the country as a

whole.'

Ms Barker said she did not want to see a development free for all, but she

thought more planning applications should get approval.

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