Housing is a political battle that has yet to be won. Actually, it hasn't even really started to happen yet. We all agree that more housing is needed, but the detail of where, how much etc... isn't really being discussed yet. These figures demonstrate that decisions are being made at a local level without the national level debate that many believe should happen.
If devolution is really to take hold then this is exactly what we could see more of. In other words, local decisions made to suit local circumstances.
We have yet though to consider the implications for national government. Will ministers feel comfortable not having control over certain policy areas any more especially when challenged by the media over them?
More than 1,000 new homes a year are being built on open countryside in the green belt despite government promises that it would be protected, figures have revealed. A total of 3,000 homes were constructed in England’s 14 green belts in the year to the end of March 2014, the Department for Communities and Local Government said. Of these, about 1,800 were on “previously developed land” and the remainder were built in open countryside.