Today on Richard Carr’s blog he looks at Housing Minister Brandon Lewis recent claims that the number of homes granted planning permission in the UK are now higher than before the 2008 economic crash.
Eight year high
In the year to March, research shows that councils up and down the UK granted planning permission for 261,000 new homes, which is the highest 12 month total for eight years.
The previous high was back in 2007, just before the crash, when the number of homes granted planning permission reached close to 240,000.
In a press release, Brandon Lewis explained:
“The previous system of top-down targets built nothing but resentment. Our reforms, a key part of our long-term economic plan, have changed that.