Housing, Communities & Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick has announced a series of significant planning and housing reforms in his policy paper Planning for the Future.
His paper was a strong commitment to positive planning, the delivery of more housing, and to home ownership:
Promote more, well-planned development where homes are needed
- Renewed emphasis on brownfield land, including investing £400m to use brownfield land productively.
- Launching a national brownfield map (a brownfield register already exists) and a call for proposals for building above stations.
- A review of the formula for calculating Local Housing Need, which is already in progress.
- New rules to encourage building upwards and increasing density.
- Supporting community and self-build housing.
- Backing the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and plans to explore the case for a new town at Cambridge.
Make land sufficiently available to deliver homes in the right places
- Ensure land, sites and homes come forward on time and incentivise authorities to deliver more homes.
- Setting a deadline for all local authorities to have an up-to-date local plan by December 20203, and intervention where LA’s fail to meet the deadline.
- Continue with plans to raise the Housing Delivery test threshold to 75% in November 2020.
- Reforming the New Homes Bonus (NHB) to reward delivery.
Deliver on our commitment to infrastructure first
- Investing another £1.1 billion in local infrastructure HIF funding to unlock almost 70,000 new homes.
- A new £10 billion Single Housing Infrastructure Fund.
Speeding up the planning system
- A Planning White Paper is to be released in the spring - A new English planning system, fit for the future.
- Reform planning fees to create a world-class planning service linked to performance.
- Automatic rebates where planning applications are successful at appeal.
- Ensure land for housing is built out, and make it clearer who owns land
- Expand the use of zoning tools to support development.
- Increase effectiveness, take-up and role of CPOs, to facilitate land assembly and infrastructure delivery.
Helping first time buyers onto the housing ladder
- Cut the cost of new homes through the new First Homes scheme. Current consultation to offer 30%+ discount in perpetuity on certain new build housing
- Explore encouraging a market for long-term fixed rate mortgages.
- A new national Shared Ownership model.
Creating beautiful, sustainable places
- Revise the NPPF to embed the principles of good design and placemaking.
- Give local authorities the ability to produce Local Design Codes.
- Review our policy for building in areas at flood risk.
- From 2025, the Future Homes Standard will require up to 80% lower carbon emissions for all new homes.
- Establish a Net Zero development in Toton in the East Midlands.
- Transform Homes England, into a more muscular agency that is better able to drive up delivery.
Ensuring affordable, safe and secure housing for all
- £12bn investment in affordable homes over 5 years.
- Publishing the Social Housing White Paper.
- £1 billion to support remediation for building safety.
- Protecting new homeowners through the New Homes Ombudsman, which is already being rolled out in consultation with the HBF.
- Ensuring renters are treated fairly through the Renters’ Reform Bill.
- Pledging over £640 million to end rough sleeping