Despite Prime Minister Theresa May opposing the idea, Chancellor Philip Hammond wishes to use this year’s Budget to make green belt land available for housing.
The lack of housing in high-demand areas is reflected as a vital issue.
The Budget will contain measures that resume Hammond’s wish to tackle Britain’s poor productivity, per The Times (subscription).
The Times details that the chancellor has been in dispute with the cabinet regarding countryside protected by green belt regulations being reclassified as part of a housing package.
The government published its housing white paper, Fixing Our Broken Housing Market previously in the year.
Noted is the existing “strong protections for the green belt” should be upheld, and only in “exceptional circumstances” should green belt boundaries be adjusted.
A senior associate of Theresa May has allegedly said that the green belt is not on the agenda for the Budget
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