Published: 2nd Jul 2018

Council leaders have called for a change to the definition of ‘affordable housing’ in order to tackle low numbers of social rented homes across the country. The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that homes specifically for social rent are at risk of being eliminated after a revision to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) dropped the reference to ‘social rent’ homes from the Government’s definition of affordable homes. It comes amid an “unprecedented shortage” in affordable housing with the supply of homes for social rent. According to figures from the LGA, just 2.48% of homes built in 2016/7 were designated for social rent – down from 3.59% of all homes built the year previously. The LGA has called on the Government to drop proposed amendments to the NPPF to ensure homes for social rent remain part of planning policy and to supply a long-term strategy to deliver genuinely affordable … (To read the full article, subscribe below)