Scrapping of south east housing plan welcomed by councilBy Jon Nurse
March 12, 2013
A shift of planning powers giving councils greater control has been welcomed after a ruling by Eric Pickles MP.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced on Thursday his decision to revoke the Regional Strategy for the South East of England, which means councils will decide how many new homes should be built in an area.
Councillor Keith Baker, Wokingham Borough Council executive member for planning, said: “This change was anticipated some time ago so we got our core strategy up and running. This is one piece of localism that does work. It means we are now much more in control of our destiny.”
The council’s core strategy states more than 13,000 homes will be built across the borough by 2026.