Theresa May's much-trailed speech on increasing housing development via changes to planning rules has been delivered at the National Planning Conference this morning.  

The key messages include:

  • councils to have minimum targets for delivery of new homes in their areas;
  • improvements to make the planning process simpler and faster (particularly around CIL/s106 contributions);
  • increased flexibilities to develop homes on brownfield land;
  • more freedom to extend properties upwards;
  • focus on reducing land-banking by private developers, e.g. by allowing planners to take in account a developer's past record in actually delivering , and by tying bonuses to delivery of new homes instead of profits;
  • focus on delivering more affordable homes;
  • Protection for the Green Belt remains - unless planners can show that they have exhausted all other options

All steps in the right direction, as part of a broader strategy needed to fix the housing crisis.