“Proposals to force some of the most affluent parts of England to accept up to 40 per cent more homes are bringing the prime minister into conflict with Conservative MPs.
It emerged that Theresa May successfully fought against plans for new homes in her constituency just weeks before unveiling the increase. She supported the Save Poundfield campaign to stop dozens of new homes in Cookham, a greenfield site on the Thames in Berkshire.
Berkeley, the housebuilder, withdrew its planning application without giving a reason about two weeks ago. Mrs May is believed to support another development which is not in the green belt.
The plans announced on Thursday will force several cabinet ministers’ constituencies in the southeast to accept the maximum 40 per cent increase in housing. The number of homes that must be built will rise from 250,000 to 266,000 annually from April.
Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP for Reigate in Surrey, told The Daily Telegraph: “We need to incentivise more homes in regions and cities in need of development, whilst ensuring that those areas of the country unsuitable for large-scale housing expansion are under less obligation.”
Cabinet ministers affected include James Brokenshire, Justine Greening, and David Lidington.”