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Watchdog says department needs to up its game to hit Theresa May's 300,000 new-homes-a-year target
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Communities and Local Government Committee says local authorities "must be able to have confidence in the effective operation" of the framework drawn up by central government to guide development decisions
New chief executive brings experience from local government and private sector
Local authorities could have planning powers taken away if they perform poorly, Bob Kerslake, the permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government and head of the civil service, confirmed on Monday.