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House and Planning Bill receives Royal Assent

The Housing and Planning Act, as it is now called, introduces a range of changes to the planning system, including a requirement for councils to provide 20 per cent of new housing as discounted starter homes for first-time buyers.

Another key measure would introduce ‘permission in principle’ – an automatic consent for sites identified in local and neighbourhood plans and new brownfield registers subject to further technical details being agreed by authorities.

Further provisions would allow the secretary of state to intervene in local plan preparation and measures to boost self and custom build housing.

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.

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