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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Housing White Paper

The Government's much trumpeted Housing White Paper has been published, and includes proposed banning orders for rogue landlords and letting agents.

In brief the Government is looking to
  • Banning orders for landlords and letting agents
  • Make councils have an up-to-date plan for housing demand
  • Push developers toward high density housing in hight demand areas avoid 
  • Put a two/three year timescale for building starts following planning approvals
  • Create the Home Building Fund to encourage smaller building firms and to help incentivise more off-site construction in factories
  • Launch a "lifetime ISA" to help first-time buyers save for a deposit
  • Protection for the green belt

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid made this rally call:

'Walk down your local high street today and there’s one sight you’re almost certain to see. Young people, faces pressed against the estate agent’s window, trying and failing to find a home they can afford. With prices continuing to sky rocket, if we don’t act now, a whole generation could be left behind. We need to do better, and that means tackling the failures at every point in the system.

The housing market in this country is broken and the solution means building many more houses in the places that people want to live.

We are setting out ambitious proposals to help fix the housing market so that more ordinary working people from across the country can have the security of a decent place to live. The only way to halt the decline in affordability and help more people onto the housing ladder is to build more homes. Let’s get Britain building.'

The press reflects on the Housing White Paper from their various angles -

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