Housing and Planning Bill 2016
The Housing & Planning Bill 2016 received Royal Assent on 12 May and is now enacted.
The Act has the strategic objectives of increasing the output of newbuild homes, and improving the affordability of home ownership for first time buyers (FTB).
Central to these is the easing of some planning controls, and the creation of ‘Starter Homes’ for FTBs with values set at 80% of market value. The intention is to deliver 200,000 Starter Homes in the life of the parliament.
At a glance: housing
- Starter homes introduced as an affordable housing category on newbuild developments
- Starter homes will be available to FTBs at a 20% discount off market value, subject to value caps
- Provisions requiring councils to consider the sale of vacant council housing
- Extension of Right to Buy to housing associations
- Introduction of a ‘rogue’s database’ of landlords & letting agents with powers to ban repeat offenders
- Agents to keep client’s money in accounts separate to business accounts
- Local Authorities to grant planning permission on serviced plots, sufficient to meet the demand for self-build housing in their area
- Ability to introduce regulations regarding electrical safety for properties let by private landlords
At a glance: planning
- ‘Planning permission in principle’ (PPIP) may be granted automatically, subject to adoption of key qualifying documents such as a development plan
- Councils to compile and maintain registers of brownfields land, which may also be ‘qualifying documents for PPIP purposes
- Enhanced powers for community liaison groups in local plan preparation and examination
- Secretary of State power to intervene in neighbourhood planning
- Starter homes to be delivered on all ‘reasonably–sized sites
- Planning permission granted for homes in some circumstances under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime
The pace of new legislation shows no sign of slowing down ‘garden cities’ as it is thought that a new Housing Bill will feature in next week’s Queen’s Speech.
What are Garden Cities?
Garden cities are a new generation of city that are low-density communities with generous green spaces and good local facilities. I will not speak too much on this subject as this will be covered in a different blog post in the future.
If you would like to discuss the property market, or how this newest Act may effect you, then I would love to speak to you and can be contacted on 01803 472595 or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.