Government pledges action to bring more homes to market in a quicker time scale

Government pledges action to bring more homes to market in a quicker time scale [Photo: iStock]

The government wants to see more homes built for both buying and renting nationwide, according to its new Housing White Paper, after it was revealed this week that many councils do not have plans in place for how to tackle housing shortages.

Announced this week, the plan is a reaction to the news from the government that as many as a third of the homes that had been granted planning permission in the last five years have yet to actually be built. 

It also said that 40 per cent of all councils across England and Wales do not have a plan in place to handle housing demand, so it wants to make sure that there is a central government power to control housing to improve the supply of property coming to market.

The main crux of new plans to improve housing supply will be a focus on making sure that the right homes are being built in the right places, with demand dictating supply in a more targeted way. 

The government will require councils to put in place plans for dealing with housing supply that will mean they have to use their land better, as well as efficiently checking, reviewing and updating plans at least every five years in order to ensure they remain relevant and in line with demand. 

In the White Paper, the government also said it wants to bring more builders to site in a quicker time scale to improve the number of completions. This will mean that anyone granted planning permission will have two years to start the home rather than the three they currently have. 

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the new plans were bold, adding that it was clear that the system for approving and building homes is just not working. 

"The housing market in this country is broken and the solution means building many more houses in the places that people want to live. We are setting out ambitious proposals to help fix the housing market so that more ordinary working people from across the country can have the security of a decent place to live. The only way to halt the decline in affordability and help more people onto the housing ladder is to build more homes," he explained.