Planning for the Future

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After the announcement of the 2020 budget, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published a policy paper that sets out the government's plans for housing and planning.

The paper states that the government will:

Support communities to make the best use of the land. These include:

  • Investing £400m to use brownfield land productively
  • Launching a national brownfield map and a call for proposals for building above stations

Speed up the planning system by:

  • Expanding the use of zoning tools to support development
  • Issue automatic rebates where planning applications are successful at appeal

Help first time buyers onto the housing ladder by:

  • Cutting the cost of new homes through the First Home scheme
  • Exploring how to encourage a market for long-term fixed rate mortgages
  • Introduce a national Shared Ownership model

Alongside these proposals are additional statements on the topics of: improving home sustainability, improving the security of housing, and improving the affordability of the homes.

For more on planning for an ageing population, visit the Housing LIN’s online planning portal.