Keep the country building!

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017

The Housing and Planning Act received Royal Assent on 13 May 2016. The Act aims to deliver the government's commitments as set out in the Conservative Party manifesto. Proposals aim to build more affordable housing, give more people the chance to own their own home and get houses built faster. The Act sets out the government's clear determination to keep the country building.


More people will be able to own their own home by extending Right to Buy level discounts to housing association tenants and the Act places a duty on local planning authorities to actively promote the development of Starter Homes and include them in the planning system.

The Act also aims to unlock brownfield land to provide homes faster by requiring local authorities to prepare and maintain local registers of specified land and increase the number of custom-built and self-built homes to 2000 by 2020, a target which doubles the current delivery. Furthermore there will be a reform in the compulsory purchase process to make it clearer and faster as well as a simplification of the neighbourhood planning process.

The government states that the Act “will give housebuilders and decision-makers the tools and confidence to provide more homes and further streamline the planning system to accelerate their delivery”.

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