Automatic Planning Permission For Brownfield Homes Sites

The Gracemount Homes development. Photo courtesy of Edinburgh City Council

Granting automatic planning permission for housebuilding on brownfield sites is among ‘historic’ measures brought forward in the Government’s new Housing and Planning Bill, aimed at turning ‘generation rent into generation buy’.

The plans announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis also include a new legal duty placed on councils to guarantee the provision of 200,000 Starter Homes on all reasonably sized new development sites; these will be offered to first-time buyers at a 20% discount on market prices.  The Government will also be given powers to ensure all councils get Local Plans in place by 2017, so they can help provide the homes their communities need.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“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 home ownership 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.”

The Government proposes to allow automatic planning permission in principle on brownfield sites with the aim of bringing forward more land to build new homes quicker, while protecting the green belt.

Other measures include:

  • Pay to Stay – ensuring that those tenants on higher incomes who are living in social housing have a rent that reflects their ability to pay, while those who genuinely need support continue to receive it

  • planning reforms to support small builders – placing a new duty on councils to help allocate land so 20,000 custom and self-built homes a year can be built by 2020

  • measures to tackle rogue landlords – giving councils the power to blacklist, and in extreme cases ban those who don’t abide by the law, while helping decent landlords recover abandoned homes quicker

  • ensuring high value assets are managed effectively – ensuring the sale of high value council assets that can be used to support people into home ownership.

For more information about the Bill visit the DCLG web page.

 

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