Newts, new homes and green field pro­tec­tion among prom­ises

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY NEWS - Sharon Dale, prop­erty editor, Twit­ter: @prop­er­ty­words

THE GOV­ERN­MENT hous­ing White Paper was fi­nally published this week af­ter a long wait and the con­tents have had a mixed re­sponse.

En­ti­tled Fix­ing our bro­ken hous­ing mar­ket it in­cluded pledges to cre­ate more af­ford­able homes, sup­port fac­tory-built house build­ing and longer ten­an­cies.

Hous­ing min­is­ter Sa­jid Javid said: “The hous­ing mar­ket in this coun­try is bro­ken and the so­lu­tion means build­ing many more houses in the places that peo­ple want to live.”

Labour hous­ing min­is­ter

John Healey called the raft of mea­sures “fee­ble be­yond be­lief ”. Here are some of the key points in the hous­ing White Paper

Cap­ping the time be­tween ob­tain­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion and start­ing con­struc­tion at two years in­stead of three to cut down on land bank­ing. De­vel­op­ers who do not build quickly enough may be sub­ject to com­pul­sory pur­chase or­ders.

Lo­cal coun­cils must en­sure they have an up-to-date Lo­cal Plan set­ting out sites suit­able for de­vel­op­ment and en­sur­ing that enough homes are built for elderly and dis­abled peo­ple. If a new plan is not in place ev­ery five years, the gov­ern­ment may in­ter­vene. MPs ques­tions on whether lo­cal de­mand would be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion were met with an­swers that were far from clear.

The Land Registry will aim to achieve com­pre­hen­sive land reg­is­tra­tion by 2030. This will in­clude all pub­licly-held land in the ar­eas of great­est hous­ing need be­ing regis­tered by 2020, with the rest to fol­low by 2025.

Ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing cus­tom builders, the in­sti­tu­tional buildto-rent sec­tor and in­cen­tivis­ing longer “fam­ily friendly”, three year ten­an­cies. There will also be pow­ers to pow­ers con­tained in the Hous­ing and Plan­ning Act to stop un­scrupu­lous land­lords.

A newt off-set­ting scheme. To stop de­vel­op­ment be­ing de­layed by the pres­ence of great crested newts, de­vel­op­ers may be al­lowed to build over their ponds but only if bet­ter habi­tat has been pro­vided else­where.

Higher den­sity de­vel­op­ments in ur­ban lo­ca­tions well served by public trans­port. The gov­ern­ment wants to see more high rise flats, mews houses and man­sion blocks in these ar­eas.

From July this year, lo­cal author­i­ties will be al­lowed to charge 20 per cent more for deal­ing with plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions, pro­vid­ing they rein­vest in their hard-pressed plan­ning de­part­ments.

The £3bn Home Build­ing Fund will be used to help small to medium size build­ing firms com­pete with ma­jor de­vel­op­ers. At the mo­ment, nearly 60 per cent of all new homes are built by just 10 big de­vel­op­ers.

Sup­port for off-site, mod­ern meth­ods of con­struc­tion. This process is not cheaper but it is quicker and will al­low faster de­liv­ery of fac­tory-built homes.

In April this year, the gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce the Life­time ISA. This will give first­time buy­ers a 25 per cent bonus on up to £4,000 of sav­ings a year. Sav­ings and the bonus can be put to­wards the pur­chase of a home, or with­drawn once they reach the age of 60.

Main­tain­ing pro­tec­tion for the green belt, which can only be built on “in ex­cep­tional circumstances”. An­cient wood­land will be in­cluded in the green belt cat­e­gory.

Re­leas­ing more pub­licly owned land for de­vel­op­ment.

Ban­ning let­ting agents’ fees. This prom­ise made last year looks set be­come a re­al­ity, de­spite an agents’ cam­paign.

A pro­posal that 20 per cent of all homes on larger de­vel­op­ments had to be starter homes is to be dropped and re­placed with a “clear ex­pec­ta­tion” that at least 10 per cent of de­vel­op­ments will in­clude them.

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