This consultation is seeking views on the following changes to national planning policy:
- Broadening the definition of affordable housing, to expand the range of low cost housing opportunities for those aspiring to own their new home;
- Increasing the density of development around commuter hubs, to make more efficient use of land in suitable locations;
- Supporting sustainable new settlements, development on brownfield land and small sites, and delivery of housing allocated in plans; and
- Supporting delivery of starter homes.
With regard to affordable housing it is proposed to amend the national planning policy definition of affordable housing so that it encompasses a fuller range of products that can support people to access home ownership. The definition aims to continue to include a range of affordable products for rent and for ownership for households whose needs are not met by the market, but without being unnecessarily constrained by the parameters of products that have been used in the past which risk stifling innovation. This would include products that are analogous to low cost market housing or intermediate rent, such as discount market sales or innovative rent to buy housing. Some of these products may not be subject to ‘in perpetuity’ restrictions or have recycled subsidy. It is also proposed to make clearer in policy the requirement to plan for the housing needs of those who aspire to home ownership alongside those whose needs are best met through rented homes, subject as now to the overall viability of individual sites.
Date: 25 January 2016 End of consultation period