Michael Gove threatens to take away council's planning powers

Michael Gove and Richard Bacon
Michael Gove has threatened to remove council's planning powers and declared his intention to introduce "league tables" to assess councils homebuilding performance (Image credit: NaCSBA)

Michael Gove has threatened to remove council's planning powers if they continue to fail to meet their housing delivery targets.

In a speech he gave at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) he laid the blame on the government's failure to meet their own homebuilding targets on councils refusing to grant planning permission for suitable projects.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.