Plans to build thousands of new homes in 10 towns and cities across the country have been unveiled by the Government.

The Treasury will pay £200million towards the cost of getting the “brownfield” sites ready for new homes, ministers said.

Under the scheme, councils will be given the chance to bid to set up 10 new housing zones in urban areas across the country. As part of the deal, the local authorities will have to commit to building between 750 and 2,000 new homes. More details here.

However, both the Lib Dem Group and the LGA continue to oppose the government proposal to allow conversion of commercial property to residential without needing planning permission. And we will continue to campaign for more powers for local government over housing policy as part of the “First 100 Days” campaign – further information can be found at this link.

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