The Tories’ drubbing in the Chesham and Amersham by-election was blamed in part on the policy, which was seized upon by the victorious Lib Dems in campaign ads
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Boris Johnson is reportedly set to scrap proposals to rip up planning rules after a poll slump left the Tories in meltdown.
The PM wanted an “overhaul” of the planning system, promising 300,000 new homes a year in England in the 2019 Tory manifesto.
But locals in key Tory seats were made furious by the plans, which blocked homeowners from objecting to planning applications through a zonal system.
The Tories’ drubbing in the Chesham and Amersham by-election was blamed in part on the policy, which was seized upon by the victorious Lib Dems in campaign ads.
And this week has seen a series of polls putting Boris Johnson’s Tories bleeding support to smaller parties – with one suggesting he would lose his Commons majority if an election was held today.
The Times reported plans to block local objections and introduce mandatory housebuilding targets for councils will now be scrapped.
The newspaper reported that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick would present a pared-back policy.
Critics had been vocal in warning that the plans would undermine local democracy by removing the public’s right to be heard in person.
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A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesman said on Friday: “We will not comment on speculation. Our response to the consultation will be released in due course.”
The Times reported that the growth in housebuilding numbers had also prompted questions over whether the proposals were needed.
Meanwhile, a poll for the Telegraph illustrated the Tory popularity slump for the second time this week.
Earlier in the week a YouGov poll had put Labour in the lead for the first time in months.
And today’s poll suggested the Conservatives were haemorrhaging voters to the Greens and Reform – formerly the Brexit Party.
The survey suggested some 54 Tory MPs were at risk of losing their seats, including a string of “red wall” constituencies that only flipped from Labour to the Conservatives in 2019.
Losing 54 seats would mean Boris Johnson is left way short of a Commons majority, and even though the Tories would be the largest party, he would be unable to form a government without a coalition.