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Government and Councils Must Commit To Creating New Homes

posted in News by Skippy on 12:25 Oct 22nd, 2015

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UK landlords are calling on local officials to assist the building and delivery of new homes in the coming years, as the country tries to build the new houses it desperately needs. The message has come from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) as rumours spread that the Government is considering making permanent planning reforms to convert disused office spaces into homes without planning permission.

Councils Urged To Assist Home Building Policy

The measure was first introduced in May 2013, with the aim of making it easier to convert unused office spaces into new homes. With the policy due to expire next may, it is believed that the government will make the policy permanent.

Recent reports have found that some local authorities are preparing to use a power known as Article 4 Directions, which will allow them to safeguard office buildings in their area. This would mean that planning permission would be required to convert old offices, despite the government’s policy.

Currently the amount of houses being built is not enough to keep up with demand. In the 12 months to the end of March, 125,110 homes were completed, up 11% from the previous year. However this remains 29% below the 2007 housing market peak. Prime minister David Cameron has said the UK will be on course to deliver 200,000 homes a year from 2017.

RLA Policy Director, David Smith said: “Between 1996 and 2013, eighty three per cent of new homes were in the private rented sector, so landlords have a good record of delivering the extra housing the country needs.

“With the sector expected to account for twenty five per cent of UK households by 2025, it is vital that the planning system does not put unnecessary obstacles in the way of landlords seeking to meet this demand.

“The Government’s intentions are clear and local authorities should not seek to thwart them. Instead, councils have an opportunity to show themselves to be willing partners in delivering the mix of homes their communities need.”

This year the government has fully acknowledged the issues which have created the current housing crises and are actively finding solutions all over the country. However the massive differences between home in London and the south when compared with the rest of the country have made the problem more complicated.

Government and Councils Must Commit To Creating New Homes

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