Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, Caroline Flint MP, responding to today’s High Court ruling against the government’s plans to scrap regional housing targets, said:
“The High Court ruling raises embarrassing questions about the way Eric Pickles ripped up plans for desperately needed new homes.
“The government's decision to scrap regional housing targets, without thinking of the impact, has led local authorities to ditch plans for 160 000 new homes - 1,300 every single day.
“It has also undermined the construction industry by creating confusion and uncertainty.
“Added to a housing budget cut by more than half, the coalition’s housing policies are doing little to meet the aspirations of the hundreds of thousands of families who want to live in a decent home.”