Published: 7th Oct 2020

Nearly 30,000 affordable homes would not have been built in the last five years if proposed government planning reforms were already in place, council leaders have warned. A new analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) claims that if government plans to remove the requirement for developers to build affordable housing on small sites had been introduced five years ago, it would have led to 29,876 affordable homes not being built for either rent or purchase. Ministers are currently consulting on wide-ranging reforms to the planning system, which they claim will speed the home-building process up. But some of these proposals have met with fierce criticism from local authorities and Conservative backbench MPs. The government is considering removing the requirement for developers to build affordable housing on sites where the number of homes is under either 40 or 50. The LGA has warned that such a threshold could encourage developers … (To read the full article, subscribe below)