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Chancellor will ‘get Britain building again’ and review green belt boundaries

8th Jul 24 1:52 pm

The Chancellor Rachel Reeves has set out in a speech a “planning revolution” to speed up housebuilding across the UK which will boost the economy.

Reeves has said during her speech at the Treasury on Monday she will bring back mandatory housebuilding targets.

The Chancellor said she will end the ban for onshore wind farms in England which will help to fast-track infrastructure projects nationally.

As promised in Labour’s manifesto the government will build 1.5 million homes over the next five years.

In her first speech the Chancellor said that to boost growth is a “national mission” and Labour’s planning reforms with the “guiding light” will “get Britain building again.”

Labour will provide 300 additional planning officers across the UK by supporting local authorities.

Angela Rayner is to write to local and planning authorities and green built boundaries will be reviewed.

The deputy Prime Minister added that wherever needed “brownfield and grey belt land” will be prioritised.

The Chancellor said that this is no “green light” for any type of housing, but the correct mix of both affordable housing and social rent will be built.

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