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Government to give councils the option of establishing development corporations 07/06/2018 Labelled as Development, Regulation

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced that the Government will give councils the option of applying to establish development corporations. These will be locally accountable and must listen to the views of the community to ensure that the right homes are built in the right places.


Oversight of the development of an area as a new town will be transferred from the Secretary of State to the local authority. Previously, all New Town Development Corporations created by the Secretary of State remained accountable to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.


Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP introduced the necessary enabling Regulations to Parliament on 4 June 2018 and the Regulations will be subject to further debate by MPs and will come into force later this year once approved by Parliament.


Under the proposals, councils will be able to seek Government approval to launch a New Town Development Corporation, which will be responsible for delivering new towns and garden communities in their area.


The new bodies themselves will be responsible for master planning and project development, bringing on board private investment, partnering with developers and overseeing the completion of a new town or garden village with each expected to deliver tens of thousands of new homes.


The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has also released a summary document to its recent consultation on the new town regulations and background behind the draft Regulations.

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