Gavin Barwell MP

Barwell warns that Councils cannot “duck” from meeting housing need

Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has warned local authorities that he will not “let them get away with ducking” the decision of meeting housing need in their area.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference earlier in the month, Mr Barwell committed to work “intensively” to boost housing supply in areas where housebuilding was not keeping up with population growth, and promised that the Government would ensure councils’ housing need assessments were a “robust” and accurate reflection of local need.

Spelthorne will therefore have to robustly consider all options to deliver more housing, which could include releasing land from the Green Belt. If Spelthorne Borough Council does not consider all options and plan to deliver significantly less than their housing need, they are likely to face problems with their Local Plan at independent examination.

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