Excellent tidings for all those looking to buy their own properties and see their dream homes built even faster – the Housing and Planning Act has just been given Royal Assent and has now passed into law.
The Act is intended to give housebuilders and policy makers the resources to build even more homes in the UK, while streamlining the planning system to make sure such properties are delivered quickly. This is certainly an exciting move for anyone looking to build their perfect house, complete with orangeries and conservatories in Cheshire.
New measures include taking on rogue landlords, accelerating the neighbourhood planning process, underpinning the Right to Buy agreement with housing associations round the country and by further supporting the plans to double the number of self-build and custom properties by the year 2020.
It is hoped that the Act will help even more people own their own homes while also placing a duty on local planning authorities to promote the development of Starter Homes and make sure that they’re fully embedded in the planning system.
Brandon Lewis, housing and planning minister, said: “The Act will contribute to transforming generation rent into generation buy, helping us towards achieving our ambition of delivering one million new homes.”
This comes after the government announced that housing sites with ten properties or more will need to make one house in five a Starter Home, part of plans to ensure that there are one million new homes and 200,000 Starter Homes for first-time buyers under the age of 40. However, proposals that injured soldiers and the partners of those who gave their lives for their country will find they are eligible for a Starter Home at any age.