Tory Heartlands needs to find space for 1.5 million new homes as part of the government's mutant planning algorithm
- The plans will require tens of thousands of additional homes over the next 15 years
- Tory MPs, unimpressed by the proposals, put the blame on a "mutated algorithm".
- "Governing with the algorithm just doesn't work," said CPRE manager Crispin Truman
The traditionally conservative heartland must find space for 1.5 million new houses within the framework of the government's "mutated" planning algorithms.
Plans call for tens of thousands of additional homes to be built in rural counties such as Kent, Surrey and Devon over the next 15 years.
Tory MPs, unimpressed by the proposals, put the blame on a "mutated algorithm".
The map above shows (in red) the upper areas that work best under the new rules. The list in green shows areas that have the largest housing construction
The initiative sees an additional five million houses built across England over the next 15 years, nearly a third of them in rural areas.
According to an analysis of the library of the lower house, the target is two million above the target previously agreed by the local councils.
Tory MP Bob Seely wrote for The Telegraph: “We all agree that we need to build apartments, but we need to build the right apartments in the right places.
& # 39; The most important fact is this: cities across England are asked to build relatively less compared to the rural and suburban areas around them. Instead of leveling the north, I fear that we will make the south more concrete. "
He continued, “The line of algorithms that will get worse the more our constituents across England know about it is an unnecessary self-inflicted wound.
The traditionally conservative heartland must find space for 1.5 million new houses within the framework of the government's "mutated" planning algorithms
“The British on the seats of the Red Wall will hardly see any changes in their communities as the money for the infrastructure flows into the counties. Shire voters will respond with anger to areas of greenfield planning. & # 39;
Crispin Truman, director of rural charity CPRE, also spoke out against the plans.
& # 39; Governing by algorithm just doesn't work. We are in the middle of a real estate crisis and we need a lot more well-designed, really affordable homes, even in rural areas, ”he said.
The initiative will build an additional five million houses across England over the next 15 years, nearly a third of them in rural areas
“However, the combination of this algorithm with far-reaching, as yet untested reforms of local planning could lead to irreparable damage for our country without delivering the apartments actually needed.
"Local authorities may be powerless to prevent developers from plucking green spaces while wasteland remains unused."
A government source told the Telegraph, “These numbers are purely speculative. We are discussing the new proposed formula, which will only be the starting point for planning new homes. & # 39;
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