Tory Rebellion on New Planning Laws: Eighty MPs Will Oppose Government Housing at Heart of Party
- Boris Johnson has pledged to build 300,000 homes per year by 2025 in Planning Bill
- But the plan has put the prime minister on a collision course with much of his backseat
- Two Conservative MPs have openly said they are willing to vote against
More than 80 Tory MPs could revolt over planning reforms that some have dubbed a “ developer charter ” that would hit the party’s “ Blue Wall ” constituencies.
The Planning Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech earlier this month. Boris Johnson has vowed to build 300,000 homes a year by 2025.
But the plan has put the prime minister on a collision course with much of his backseat. And rural campaigners have warned that the reforms – the biggest shakeup of the system in 70 years – would mean an “open season for developers” in rural areas.
The Planning Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech earlier this month. Boris Johnson has vowed to build 300,000 homes a year by 2025
Theresa Villiers, Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet on the London border with Hertfordshire, told the BBC she could take the whip
At least 80 Tories are members of a WhatsApp group that previously banded together to defeat the government’s failed plans for an algorithm to decide how many houses to build in each area. One of them said yesterday that the group had “awakened” to the new proposals. The number is much more than it would take to beat the plans.
Two Tories openly said they wanted to vote against yesterday.
Theresa Villiers, Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet on the London border with Hertfordshire, told the BBC: ‘Potentially I am willing to take the whip if I thought what was brought up would be detrimental to the quality of life or the environment of my constituency . ‘ Asked if he would also be willing to take the whip, fellow London MP Bob Blackman said, “Very sorry.”
Meanwhile, former cabinet minister Damian Green said, “If you want to spread wealth and prosperity, you also need to spread housing.”
The Member of Parliament from Ashford in Kent – the county known as’ the garden of England ‘- added:’ Everything I hear worries me that the government is not going to do that. More will be built in traditional Tory areas, without providing opportunities and jobs in the Red Wall. ‘
Roger Gale, Tory MP for North Thanet in Kent, said: “I am not willing to see the Garden of England turned into a building site.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is a developer charter … I think Boris should look at the Blue Wall because he might think it’s crumbling.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Housing said, “We enable the delivery of new homes that the land needs and are taking bold steps to ensure that our communities have beautiful places to live that reflect the character of the area.”