Cameron pushes councils to build more homes quickly

David Cameron has told councils that if they do not put together blueprints to deliver a million homes by 2017, the government will step in.

In a press release that was published on the 12th October, David Cameron said:

“Councils have a key role to play in this by drawing up their own local plans for new homes by 2017. But if they fail to act, we’ll work with local people to produce a plan for them.”

Currently 20% of councils in the UK are yet to publish plans for the development of new homes in their areas. In addition, many of the published plans are yet to be fully adopted. Across the UK, 65% of councils do not have a fully adopted housing development plan.

A new Housing Bill is due to be published that will include the requirement for affordable starter homes to be included in future large developments. The bill is set to make a number of changes to the planning process, which is designed to speed up the rate at which homes are built. Included in the bill is a clause to allow offices to be turned into homes without planning permission. For brownfield sites, planning permission will also be automatic.

These changes should mean much more work for architects in Chester and other UK towns and cities where there are brownfield sites and empty office space. In the longer term, the fact that councils have to put in place proper housing plans should translate into a steady flow of work for the construction industry across the UK.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
October 26, 2015

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