Our current understanding of Government Policy is:
The new coalition government has moved quickly to change national planning policy by removing the need for councils to meet regional housing targets, although this change is now under legal challenge from developers. A judicial review is expected to take place in September. If the new rules stand, councils are free to decide locally how many houses are required to meet local needs rather than meeting previously imposed targets allocated to specific locations.
The Communities and Local Government website gives much more information on the policy direction the the Goverment intend to take. We will try to summarise new statements from Government on this page as they occur.
Here’s what we have so far:-
Written Answers – Communities and Local Government: Housing: Suffolk (4 Dec 2012) Therese Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses his Department expects to be built in Suffolk Coastal constituency in the next three years. Full text here.
Therese Coffey: To ask the Secretary of . . . → Read More: Answers to questions from our MP
This link gives an up to date account of the subjects raised by our MP in the House. The only one directly relevant to NANT is a question on Option 1 Housing figures:-
Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal, Conservative). To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what figures (a) Suffolk Coastal District Council . . . → Read More: Therese Coffey MP – activity in House of Commons
See her website, in particular her intention to protect the countryside .
The Communities and Local Government Webs site – Housing Section has a statement of the Government’s objectives. You may wish to measure the plan of Suffolk Coastal and BT against these.
From The Communities and Local Government Webs site – Housing Section
What we want to achieve Increase the number of houses available to . . . → Read More: New Information about what the Coalition wants to achieve
The Secretary of State said…
“I am writing to you today to highlight our commitment in the coalition agreements where we very clearly set out our intention to rapidly abolish Regional Strategies…”
Write Here, Write Now – On March 18th Suffolk Coastal District Council voted to submit its Local Development Framework to the planning . . . → Read More: Write to the Secretary of State to “Call In” the BT application
Therese Coffey, who is the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Suffolk Coastal, has issued a statement and written to all Councillors saying that she believes that a decision on the LDF should be deferred until after the General Election in view of the fact that the Conservatives would, if elected, abolish the centrally imposed house . . . → Read More: Therese Coffey to SCDC Councillors