The Government has revised plans for its controversial “mutant” planning algorithm, which will now prioritise building in urban areas most in need of development.
The original proposals were heavily criticised by dozens of Conservative backbenchers, including the former prime minister Theresa May, amid fears that it would lead to a surge of house building in their greenbelt constituencies.
An updated formula will be weighted to focus on developing family homes in 20 of England’s largest cities and making the most of vacant buildings and underused land.
The point wasn’t to concentrate attention on certain areas of land. Not at all. It was to entirely free planning on near all land.
They’ve screwed it.