LGA Briefing - Neighbourhood Planning Bill House of Lords, Third Reading 15 March 2017

Key messages

  • Local government shares the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Local government wants to play a leading role in building new homes and we support measures that will enable councils to capture the value from increased land prices on land they acquire for development. The Bill could do more to help the Government achieve its ambitions on speeding up the delivery of new homes, particularly those that have already been granted planning permission.
  • The recent Housing White Paper includes some encouraging proposals that reflect the recommendations in the LGA Housing Commission report, such as removing the proposed national starter homes requirement and increasing funding for planning departments.  Importantly, it emphasises building the right homes in the right places to meet our wider ambitions for communities.
  • Local government's ambition is much greater than the White Paper, which lacks substantive measures to support councils in enabling housing growth, and to build the genuinely affordable homes.

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill House of Lords, Third Reading 15 March 2017 (PDF)

14 March 2017