Councils can have localism just so long as they do as they're told by the unelected:
The research shows more than half of the 55 non-London local plans submitted to the Planning Inspectorate under the new system proposed a reduction in housing targets.
However, of the 18 plans passed by inspectors, eight were forced to increase their housing targets. Just two plans have been passed with lower housing numbers than set by the old regional planning targets and government household projections.
Not releasing land for housing may be wrong. It may be right. But if we really believe in giving local communities power it's for them to make those right and wrong decisions not an unelected inspector.