07 Feb What’s contained in the Government’s Housing White Paper?
There are 29 points contained in today’s Housing White paper, introduced today in the Commons by Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.
Although many of the headline points appear to be in the public domain already, Mr Javid went on to say that he would ‘go further’ to introduce longer tenancies for private rented property and bring more investment to building property specifically for rental purposes.
There was a pledge to cut red tape, maintain the current Starter Home initiative and to protect the Green Belt.
A summary of all the headline points are listed here:
- Each area of the UK should have an ambitious and current plan on housing so that communities can decide where developments should go.
- Making proposals and plans simpler and easier for communities to produce and for developers to follow.
- Planning is to start from an honest assessment of the need for new homes. Local authorities to work more closely with their neighbours so that difficult decisions are not ducked.
- Establishing what land is available for new housing, through greater transparency over who owns land.
- Making more land available for homes in the right places, by maximising the contribution from brownfield and surplus public land, regenerating estates, releasing more small and medium-sized sites, allowing rural communities to grow and making it easier to build new settlements;
- Maintaining protections for the Green Belt, and clarifying that Green Belt boundaries.
- Giving communities a stronger voice in the design of new housing to drive up the quality and character of new development.
- Making better use of land for housing by encouraging higher densities.
- Providing greater certainty for authorities that have planned for new homes.
- Reducing the scope for local and neighbourhood plans to be undermined by changing the way that land supply for housing is assessed.
- Increasing local authority capacity and capability to deliver, improving the speed and quality with which planning cases are handled, while deterring unnecessary appeals.
- Ensuring infrastructure is provided in the right place at the right time by coordinating Government investment and through the targeting of the £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund.
- Securing timely connections to utilities so that this does not hold up getting homes built.
- Supporting developers to build out more quickly by tackling unnecessary delays caused by planning conditions, facilitating the strategic licensing of protected species and exploring a new approach to how developers contribute to infrastructure.
- Taking steps to address skills shortages by growing the construction workforce.
- Holding developers to account for the delivery of new homes through better and more transparent data and sharper tools to drive up delivery; and
- Holding local authorities to account through a new housing delivery test.
- Backing small and medium-sized builders to grow, including through the Home Building Fund.
- Supporting custom-built homes with greater access to land and finance, giving more people more choice over the design of their home.
- Bringing in new contractors through the Accelerated Construction programme that can build homes more quickly than traditional builder.
- Encouraging more institutional investors into housing, including for building more homes for private rent, and encouraging family- friendly tenancies.
- Supporting housing associations and local authorities to build more homes; and
- Boosting productivity and innovation by encouraging modern methods of construction in house building.
- Continuing to support people to buy their own home – through Help to Buy and Starter Homes.
- Helping households who are priced out of the market to afford a decent home that is right for them through our investment in the Affordable Homes Programme.
- Making renting fairer for tenants.
- Taking action to promote transparency and fairness for the growing number of leaseholders.
- Improving neighbourhoods by continuing to crack down on empty homes, and supporting areas most affected by second homes.
- Encouraging the development of housing that meets the needs of our future population and helping the most vulnerable who need support with their housing, developing a sustainable and workable approach to funding supported housing in the future; and
- Doing more to prevent homelessness by supporting households at risk before they reach crisis point as well as reducing rough sleeping