The Government's new white paper aims to fix Britain's "broken housing market" with thousands of new homes, an extension of its affordable homes programme, and longer-term tenancies.
"We are now too dependent on a small number of large developers building new homes, which is limiting the range of sites and housing types being delivered".
In addition, the paper sets out how the government plans to support housing associations to build more homes, through measures including setting up an independent social housing regulator and reiterating the position of housing associations as private sector bodies, with a commitment to implementing the necessary deregulatory measures to allow them to be classified as such.
Building the housing our future needs should not be seen as a race to protect as much local land as possible, but as a partnership between multiple local authorities, developers, large employers and the Government.
Mr Barwell also insisted the government was committed to building one million new homes in England by 2020, despite being "behind schedule".
On the question of affordable housing, the Government said starter homes - offered to first-time buyers at a discount - would be aimed at households with combined incomes of less than £80,000 or £90,000 in London.
The paper also proposes making it easier for build-to-rent developers to offer affordable private rental homes, and will introduce a definition for these homes, alongside other types of affordable housing.
Brownfield sites will be the priority area for new homes
"The only way to halt the decline in affordability and help more people onto the housing ladder is to build more homes", said Mr Javid". "Well, I can't do anything about the too late" the minister told The Debrief, 'I think it's true that for thirty or forty years, governments of all colours have failed to build enough homes and that's what has got us in the mess we're in now...all I can do is try and get us out of the mess. Developers will also be forced to begin developing within two years of planning permission being granted (at the moment it's three). The detail on "affordable rents" in the housing white paper still feels like it's somewhat missing the point.
Starter homes will be targeted at first-time buyers as the government intends to make clear through the National Planning Policy Framework that starter homes, like shared ownership homes, should be available to those that need them most.
The Homes and Communities Agency will rebrand as Homes England, according to today's Government housing white paper. Sajid Javid, the community secretary, has confirmed that new legislation will place pressure on local authorities and housebuilders to increase the pace of development.
The government will support areas in the greatest need by prioritising them for infrastructure investments, while all authorities will be encouraged to use land more efficiently by avoiding low density builds and building upwards in popular areas or where land is in short supply.
Proposals in this chapter also include boosting local authority capacity and capability to deliver, and to improve the speed and quality with which planning cases are handled.
'The measures announced so far in Theresa May's long-promised housing white paper are feeble beyond belief, ' he said.
The Tories' Housing White Paper released this week marks a shift away from the pretence that everyone can buy their own home.
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