Government publishes Housing and Planning Bill


The government has today (October 13) published its Housing and Planning Bill.

The Bill will allow the government to take forward a number of proposals to boost homebuilding and home ownership, helping towards the government’s ambition to deliver 1 million homes by 2020.

These include a legal duty placed on local authorities to guarantee Starter Homes on all "reasonably sized" new sites and to promote the initiative to first time buyers in their area. Local authorities can bid for a share of a £10 million Starter Homes Fund which is part of a £36 million package to speed up the delivery of Starter Homes.

Brownfield sites identified on brownfield registers will get automatic planning permission in principle. The Bill will also give the secretary of state further powers to intervene "if local plans are not effectively delivered".

Other measures include planning reforms to boost the self-build/custom build market. Local authorities must help allocate land to people who wish to build their own home. The Bill also extends Right to Buy to housing association tenants.

The prime minister David Cameron, said: "A Greater Britain must mean more families having the security and stability of owning a home of their own. My government will do everything it can to help people buy a place of their own – at the heart of this is our ambition to build 1 million new homes by 2020."

Stewart Baseley, HBF’s executive chairman, commented: "We welcome the government’s plans to deliver on its pledge to improve home ownership opportunities for young people. Over the past 25 years building new homes has become ever more costly and complex. New entrants have struggled to join the market, output has fallen far short of demand and the housing ladder has slipped further and further out of reach for many."