Local communities will be able to build homes without having to seek planning permission under radical new proposals from the Coalition Government.
The 'Community Right to Build' would allow new developments to proceed with the backing of a community referendum, meaning new homes or shops could be built quickly to match local needs.
However, communities would not be able to expand by more than 10% over a 10-year period using Right to Build.
The proposals were launched by Housing Minister Grant Shapps, who said: “With housebuilding at its lowest level in any peacetime year since 1924, some areas are facing a battle to keep schools and GP surgeries open as younger people are forced to move away.
“The new Community Right to Build could provide the answer. It will give residents the power to give the green light to new homes that are suitable and appropriate for their local area. And because local people are in charge, developments will only go ahead with their overwhelming support
“I want anyone with the vision and drive to build homes in their area to be able to do so. I want to hear about the challenges they’ve faced, and for them to look at our plans for the Community Right to Build, as it could offer them the freedom to achieve their ambition.”
The Community Right to Build proposals will be contained in the forthcoming Localism Bill.