Councils respond to Government funding to accelerate housebuilding

Media release, 11 November 2016

Responding to new funding for councils to speed up housebuilding on large sites, Cllr Martin Tett, Local Government Association Housing spokesman, said:

"We are pleased the Government has responded to our call for more support for councils to deliver homes through proactively working with developers and partners to unlock sites that may have stalled. Councils are committed to working with partners to increase building, and are approving almost nine in 10 planning applications.

"Councils are best placed to bridge the gap between housing need and future building levels and are keen to see and support delivery at speed.

"There is no silver bullet and a housing strategy should include measures that create a renaissance in council housebuilding. To spark this, government also needs to introduce a range of further measures which include allowing councils to borrow to invest in housing and keep 100 per cent of the receipts from properties sold through Right to Buy to build new homes.

"More can also be done to put council planning departments on a more sustainable financial footing. Allowing councils to set planning fees locally is also essential to allow them to cover costs and continue to develop a proactive planning approach to secure the right infrastructure to support developments and unlock housing growth."

11 November 2016