Housing Secretary to launch planning revolution to build the nation’s much-needed homes quicker

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HOUSING Secretary Robert Jenrick will today launch a planning revolution to build homes quicker.

Complicated red tape is holding builders back and failing to deliver the 300,000 new houses a year that the nation needs.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick will ‘bring the planning system into the 21st century’

The Cabinet minister will today “bring the planning system into the 21st century”, the Treasury said.

Councils will be told to turbo-charge planning approvals.

If they fail, the Government will step in.

It is also thought that homeowners in detached houses will automatically be able to build upwards by two storeys without specific permission.

The Treasury said yesterday: “Land availability, as constrained by the planning system, is the most significant barrier to building more houses”.

The moves have been long planned, but were kept out of the Tory election manifesto amid fears they would upset well-off voters in traditional Tory seats.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also promised £12billion over five years to see more council houses built.

And he pledged £400million to convert industrial land into housing developments.