MPs in rebellion on property development reform… Will there be new homes?

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Backbenchers are meeting Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick after warnings that nearly 100 are ready to rebel.

Ex-prime minister Theresa May is among senior Conservative figures who fear greener areas will be targeted by developers.

Downing Street is said to be in “listening mode” and ready to ditch some proposals to get the rest through.

The Government wants to build 300,000 new homes a year to curb the chronic shortage in supply.


It hopes reducing red tape will speed up development.

But critics fear it will lead to a free-for-all in the South-east.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “It seems the system means the more you have built, the more you have got to build in the future.

“I’m quite happy to see more houses built, we are the party of homeowners, but every area has to do its fair share.”

The reforms will split land into protected, renewal and growth categories.

In growth zones there would be presumed consent for new developments meeting locally agreed plans. Renewal areas would be suitable for development, while protected areas like the green belt would have limited permission.

The recent Tory by-election defeat in Chesham and Amersham was linked to concerns over the reforms as well as the HS2 rail link carving up the constituency.

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