Nationally, the Government has abandoned plans for mandatory housing targets for local authorities.

CPRE (of which MCS is an Associate Member) has recently commented that the impending Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill which is currently going through Parliament should ensure:

• An abandoning of damaging, centralised mandatory housing targets that have led to needless, unaffordable and poorly designed greenfield developments, in favour of an advisory system that takes local character and need into account

• An end to landbanking – the practice developers use to sit on land they have acquired permission for while it accrues in value – a huge cause of the lack of housing being actually built

• Stronger regulation of the short-term holiday lets market that’s been crippling many rural communities – from greater council tax charges to a new registration scheme for holiday lets

• Local authorities given greater powers to promote brownfield development, and a wider review into brownfield development READ MORE

Public Consultation on the Bill is now underway and will run until 2 March. If you would like to contribute to the MCS response please email your comments to: by Feb 11

Read about the Consultation HERE