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Poll finds residents want to have say on housing

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A Local Government Association (LGA) survey has found that eight in 10 residents (82 per cent) want to be able to have a say on all new homes built in their community.

Of those surveyed, 49 per cent believe being able to comment on all developments is very important, with 32 per cent saying it is fairly important.

The survey comes with the government set to introduce its planning reforms through a bill later this year.

For the LGA, it is vital "that a local, democratically-led planning system remains in place so local communities can continue to have their say on individual developments".

The organisation also wants to see permitted development rights (PDRs) removed.

David Renard, LGA housing and planning spokesperson, said: “Councils want to work with government to address the national housing shortage and develop the detail of its planning bill. We are committed to building the right homes supported by the right infrastructure, where they are most needed.

“However, as our polling shows, the overwhelming majority of local residents say it is important for them to be able to comment on all housing developments in their local area.

“People are rightly proud of where they live and so it is vital their voice can be heard whenever, for example, a developer wants to build homes in a neighbouring field or in their street.

“This is why it is critical that the planning bill ensures a locally-led planning system remains in place, where communities have the power to shape and define the area they live in, street by street, and not just place by place.”

The LGA wants the government to introduce measures to incentivise developers to build housing more quickly. This could be done by giving councils powers to be able to levy full council tax on incomplete properties.

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