Government consultation to fix ‘broken housing market’

The Government has today announced new proposals to help speed up planning for new homes.

A consultation launched today sets out a number of reforms to the planning process.

Proposals include a standard method for calculating local authorities’ housing needs, and a statement of common ground to improve how local councils work together.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid says proposed changes will help to increase housing supply and improve affordability.

He says: “The housing market in this country is broken. For too long we haven’t built enough homes and we don’t build them quickly enough.”

Local councils currently spend around £3 million a year on consultants to determine how many new homes are needed in their area.

New measures will aim to stop lengthy debates and legal disputes about planning. It will aim to give a realistic picture of how many homes need. It is hoped a new approach will see more homes built in areas where housing is unaffordable, based on average earnings in the area.

Javid says the new system should also make it easier for local people to engage with the planning process. It should also encourage local authorities to work together.

He adds: “This new approach will make sure we have a clear and realistic assessment of how many new homes are needed, and ensure local communities have a voice in deciding where they go.”

The Government is aiming to deliver one million new homes between 2015 and 2020. It plans to build another 500,000 before the end of 2022.

Last year almost 190,000 new homes were built, with planning permission given on 304,000.

The consultation runs until 9 November

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