Goverment acted ‘unlawfully’ on housing targets

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles’ move to scrap regional housing targets has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.
Edinburgh housebuilder Cala Homes contested Pickles’ decision to scrap the regional planning tier that set housing targets for local authorities, arguing that it required primary legislation and was, therefore, beyond his powers.

In the High Court, Mr Justice Sales found in favour of the housebuilder.

Research commissioned by the National Housing Federation found that plans to build nearly 85,000 houses in England were scrapped in the wake of Pickles’ decision.

It is thought that the ruling could mean further actions.

A Cala Homes spokesman told Construction News: “We are pleased that this will restore clarity and confidence to the planning system in this interim period until new arrangements are formally put in place following Parliamentary approval of the expected Decentralisation and Localism Bill.”

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