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Chancellor unveils new planning rules

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Councils will be required to allow developers to build homes on almost all brownfield sites in their boundaries under new planning rules.

Chancellor George Osborne made the pledge in his Mansion House speech last night. The new measure will see local development orders placed on over 90% of brownfield sites suitable for housing.

In the speech, the chancellor said: “If we want to limit development on important green spaces, we have to remove all the obstacles that remain to development on brownfield sites.”

Mr Osborne called the changes “radical steps” and added: “This urban planning revolution will mean that in effect development on these sites will be pre-approved – local authorities will be able to specify the type of housing, not whether there is housing.

“And it will mean planning permission for up to 200,000 new homes – while at the same time protecting our green spaces.”

Mr Osborne said there were plans for new housing zones across London and the rest of the country “with almost half a billion pounds of financial assistance in total set aside to make it work”.

He said some people would object to more building on brownfield sites, but added: “I will not stand by and allow this generation, many of whom have been fortunate enough to own their own home, to say to the next generation: we’re pulling up the property ladder behind us.

“So we will build the houses Britain needs so that more families can have the economic security that comes with home ownership.”

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