Housing and Planning Bill becomes law

The Act sets out a clear determination from the government to keep the country building while giving hard working families every opportunity to unlock the door to home ownership.

The measures include underpinning the voluntary Right to Buy agreement with housing associations, supporting the doubling of the number of custom and self-build homes by 2020, tackling rogue landlords and speeding up the neighbourhood planning process.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said, “Our landmark Housing and Planning Act will help anyone who aspires to own their own home achieve their dream. It will increase housing supply alongside home ownership building on the biggest affordable house building program since the 1970s. The act will contribute to transforming generation rent into generation buy, helping us towards achieving our ambition of delivering 1 million new homes.”

Measures to get Britain building faster include unlock brownfield land; requiring local authorities to prepare, maintain and publish local registers of specified land; support the doubling of the number of custom-built and self-built homes to 20,000 by 2020; ensure that every area has a local plan; reform the compulsory purchase process to make it clearer, fairer and faster; simplify and speed up neighbourhood planning.

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