Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015

The Spending Review and Autumn Statement set out a plan to accelerate housing supply and get more homes built.

In relation to planning point 3 of the plan states that in order to accelerate housing supply and get more homes built the following is proposed:

  • bringing forward further reforms to the planning system, including establishing a new delivery test on local authorities, to ensure delivery against the number of homes set out in Local Plans.
  • backing SME house builders, including by amending planning policy to support small sites, extending the £1 billion Builders’ Finance Fund to 2020-21, and halving the length of the planning guarantee for minor developments.
  • ensuring the release of unused and previously undeveloped commercial, retail, and industrial land for Starter Homes, and supporting the regeneration of previously developed brownfield sites in the green belt by allowing them to be developed in the same way as other brownfield land, providing it contributes to Starter Homes, and subject to local consultation.
  • backing SME house builders, including by amending planning policy to support small sites, extending the £1 billion Builders’ Finance Fund to 2020-21, and halving the length of the planning guarantee for minor developments.

Date: 25th November 2015

Author: HM treasury

This item updates DCP section 4.251 and 7.13


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