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So he learnt what he knows from being on a Planning Committee…not entirely sure that is the best learning environment. It might be interesting to know how many developments he opposed while there. Also he clearly doesn’t understand the development process and economic reality. S106 money will only be paid if development happens. If the return will be too low funding via the banks will not be forthcoming and development cannot happen. Clearly there is no excuse for paying too much for land then arguing the scheme cannot pay out, but the whole system has been designed to allow developers to do exactly that.

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Malthouse has been wearing down his shoe leather at the Conservative Party Conference, under way in Birmingham, appearing back-to-back at panel discussions examining planning, buying, renting, and building beautiful. Less than three months in the post, like predecessors Dominic Raab and Gavin Barwell he seems to have gained a rapid grasp of the intricacies of planning and housebuilding, perhaps down to his background in sitting on planning committees when a local councillor.

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Kit was a councillor on Westminster Council from 1998 to 2006.

On innovation: “I don’t want housebuilders to be like Kodak; ignoring the signs to move forward into a new format, and now consigned to a footnote in history.”

On different tenures: “There needs to be focus on volume and variety when delivering homes, so a thousand flowers can bloom.”

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On housing design: “If you want to get planning for a house through in a metter of days or even hours, put a thatched roof on it. It will be called an asset to the area.”

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On councils sharing best practice: “Why doesn’t a teacher in a good school look down the road at an outstanding school and say ‘I want to spend a week there’? It’s the same with councils.”

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Kit Malthouse was appointed Minister of State for Housing on 9 July 2018.

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Kit attended Sudley County Primary school and then Liverpool College before studying Politics and Economics at Newcastle University.

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Here’s my latest update video that I managed to squeeze in before votes this afternoon covering the weekend’s events in North West Hampshire, my visit to Ocado in Andover UK and the granting of Royal Assent to the EU Withdrawal Bill making it law.

It seems as though our newest Lord and Master is very confident – perhaps overly so? Some of these one word answers need a lot more implementation and some of the statements concerning the ferocity of developers do not take account of Councils’ unwillingness to work with them. Perhaps it’s time to restructure Planning Committees to reduce the risk of bonkers refusals and ignorance of the professional bottom line.

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One thing that stands out about Malthouse; he doesn’t mince his words. Here are some choice quotes, and metaphors, from the housing minister on a range of topics as he makes his presence felt at the Tory conference.

On revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework: “We’re standardising the ‘what’, giving you flexibility to deliver the ‘how’. But even with revisions, the NPPF is just guidelines, it’s not meant to be a substitute for commanding, authoritative, Local Plans.”

He was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions from 9 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was elected as Conservative MP for North West Hampshire in May 2015.

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On Help to Buy: “It’s become popular to bash Help to Buy in certain circles, but it’s the only Government policy where young people stop me in the street, every week, to thank me for it. If it’s working, the Government will look to continue it.”

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