[PDF] Housing and Planning Bill Summary

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The Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 had its first reading in the House of Commons on 13 October.

The Bill confirmed major recent policy announcements, including Starter Homes, the voluntary RTB deal, and ‘Pay as you save’. However, for most of the details we will have to wait for subsequent regulations from the Secretary of State. The Bill heralds a new dawn in affordable housing policy, encouraging the development of homes for sale (Starter Homes) as part of s106 agreements. Other notable inclusions in the Bill concerns tackling rogue private sector landlords and revision to the planning system.

It was published to mixed response from sector bodies, with the National Housing Federation’s David Orr welcoming the fact that the Government is seeing “housing as one of the top issues to address to secure the future of the country”. However, he expressed concerns of planning changes, which “will see even less desperately needed affordable homes being built through section 106 agreements”. The Chartered Institute of Housing echoed these sentiments, welcoming the Government’s focus of getting new homes built, but adding that “we must make sure that the new homes we build are a mix of tenures (home ownership, shared ownership, private and social rent) so that people on lower incomes are able to benefit too”.

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