The Times: John Penrose calls for developers to pay council tax on unused sites

The government should have the power to levy council tax on building sites straight after a developer gets planning permission, a former Cabinet Office minister has suggested, claiming that it would help to speed up the supply of new homes. John Penrose, a Conservative MP and co-chairman of the all-party…

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John reacts to Chancellor’s nod to his ‘up not out’ campaign in today’s budget

“We’ve simply got to build more homes, whether they’re to rent or to buy, so they’re cheap enough for everyone to afford. I’m delighted my discussions with the chancellor about overhauling our slow, expensive, uncertain and conflict-ridden planning laws have made it into today’s budget. “Building up not out will…

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Could MP’s building “up not out” idea tackle the UK’s housing crisis?

Could building upwards – rather than outwards – solve the UK’s continuing housing crisis? That’s what one group of influential housing associations believes. Writing to the Chancellor Philip Hammond, housing associations G15, Placeshapers, Midland Heart, Orbit, and Place for People stated: “We believe that, “build up not out” has the…

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