Housing White Paper forecasts: Tenure neutrality and new construction on way
The housing shortage in England can be resolved without building on "large tracts" of green belt land, a minister has said as the Government prepared to set out its plans for a million new homes by 2020.
The White Paper does include measures to encourage developers, housing associations and councils to build more affordable homes more quickly, both to rent and to buy. The Debrief has it on good authority that until very recently ministers were not allowed to use the term "housing crisis" while many people under the age of 30 have already accepted that they may never own their own home.
The UK government has finally admitted we have a "broken" housing market in the UK in light of its recent White Paper.
This involves the introduction of a new housing delivery test that will highlight local authorities that do not deliver the homes their area needs and introduce presumption in favour of planning permission in those areas.
Javid said that local authorities will be given the tools to speed up the house building process with new rules requiring developers to start building within two years instead of three.
Green MP Caroline Lucas asked why the secretary of state would not lift the borrowing cap so councils can build more homes, adding that there were 26,000 people on the waiting list for houses in her consituency of Brighton and Hove.
The ability for councils to increase planning fees by 20% should increase house building by SMEs, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the Government's Housing White Paper.
The Government says an extra £1.4bn announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement will boost the Affordable Homes Programme and initiatives like the Rent to Buy scheme. They will help it add to supply, deliver better quality homes for renters, provide innovation in construction and reinforce partnership working with local councils'.
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The government also plans to make it easier for individuals to custom-build their own homes.
They will also continue to support local authorities to tackle the empty homes problem.
Mr Javid will say: "Walk down your local high street today and there's one sight you're nearly certain to see. Young people, faces pressed against the estate agent's window, trying and failing to find a home they can afford", he said. We need to do better, and that means tackling the failures at every point in the system.
We have called for the "one size fits all" approach to housing to be ditched, and are glad to see a move to building the right homes in the right places that fit the actual needs of people and communities.
Ministers have also pledged to make renting more "family-friendly" with longer tenancies offered. Similarly, there was no commitment to a minimum of how many of these houses should be built.
"The government is trialing the White Paper as a break from key parts of David Cameron's 2016 Housing Act", said Eileen Short, chair of Defend Council Housing.
Jeremy Blackburn, head of policy at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, said the government must look to overturn the punitive 3% Stamp Duty reforms that "turned so many smaller landlords away from a crucial sector for our country".
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