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Government Introduces New Housing and Planning Bill


With its introduction to parliament, the Housing and Planing Bill marks a nation-wide attempt to convert renters of homes to owners of homes.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has stated:

“As a one nation government we’re determined that anybody who works hard and aspires to own their own home has the opportunity to do so.”

“More than 230,000 households have been helped into homeownership through government-backed schemes since 2010, while our extension to the Right to Buy will see a further 1.3 million housing association tenants given the opportunity to own their own home.”

“And the Housing Bill will allow us go even further by kick-starting a national crusade to get 1 million homes built by 2020. It truly is an historic moment that will help deliver the homes hard-working people rightly deserve, transforming generation rent into generation buy.”

Measures set out by the bill include:

  • A legal duty on councils to guarantee 200,000 starter homes on all reasonably sized new development plots, offered at a 20% discount to first-time-buyers.
  • Ways to deal with rogue landlords, through council blacklists and bans for extreme cases.
  • Ensuring that high-income tenants have rents that reflect their ability to pay, while those in need of support receive it.
  • Automatic planning permission in regards to brownfield sites.
  • Ensure that high-value council assets are managed effectively.
  • A duty on councils to allocate land for 20,000 custom and self-built homes a year to be constructed by 2020.

Measures have also been announced to make it easier for unused office buildings to be converted into new homes.

At the time of writing, the bill is undergoing its second reading in the House of Commons.


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