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You may be aware from articles in the Barkham Newsletter and the wider press that there is a major issue with developers "land banking" and not developing sites which have been granted planning permission, so leading to pressure to approve even more sites to meet the house building targets.

A local Wokingham man has raised an e-petition on parliament to attempt to get a parliamentary debate on this topic.

The details are summarised below but please follow this link If you wish to support this e-petition. Feel free to forward this mail to friends and colleagues who may have an interest as this is not just a local Wokingham issue.

Prevent developers & land speculators from “gaming the system” in UK housing.

Change the five year land supply to develop the right number of houses in the right places in accordance with a sustainable, relevant and up-to-date Local Plan.

Introduce a local measure of pipeline & delivery of homes to ensure that non-performing developers or land speculators can be identified

Putting the right homes in the right places:
Where an LPA can openly show a supply of undelivered housing or land that exceeds a six year horizon to cover local population growth, there shall be no rights of appeal on the basis of land supply.

Measuring the pipeline and delivery of homes:
Where new homes aren’t registered with the LPA at a rate in accordance with plans set out and agreed with that LPA, then DCLG shall have the right to declare the developers / land speculators as non-performing.

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