Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to reported comments by Nick Boles on housing, said:
“Planning should bring together meeting housing need with local consent. We need to identify land for new homes, but it will be much harder to get that consent if communities feel they are being forced into accepting development.
“Nick Boles is ignoring the real problem which is that his Government isn’t building enough homes. The reason housebuilding has collapsed – despite there being existing planning permission for 400,000 homes - is because of the Government’s economic failure. People can’t raise deposits or get mortgages, and that’s why developers aren’t building.
“What the country needs is real action to build homes. That’s why Labour has called on the Government to use the windfall from the 4G auction to build 100,000 more affordable homes and create hundreds of thousands of jobs and apprenticeships.”