Housing, Communities & Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick has announced a series of significant planning and housing reforms in his policy paper Planning for the Future. 

His paper was a strong commitment to positive planning, the delivery of more housing, and to home ownership:

Promote more, well-planned development where homes are needed

  • Renewed emphasis on brownfield land, including investing £400m to use brownfield land productively.
  • Launching a national brownfield map (a brownfield register already exists) and a call for proposals for building above stations.
  • A review of the formula for calculating Local Housing Need, which is already in progress.
  • New rules to encourage building upwards and increasing density.
  • Supporting community and self-build housing.
  • Backing the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and plans to explore the case for a new town at Cambridge.

Make land sufficiently available to deliver homes in the right places

  • Ensure land, sites and homes come forward on time and incentivise authorities to deliver more homes.
  • Setting a deadline for all local authorities to have an up-to-date local plan by December 20203, and intervention where LA’s fail to meet the deadline.
  • Continue with plans to raise the Housing Delivery test threshold to 75% in November 2020.
  • Reforming the New Homes Bonus (NHB) to reward delivery.

Deliver on our commitment to infrastructure first

  • Investing another £1.1 billion in local infrastructure HIF funding to unlock almost 70,000 new homes.
  • A new £10 billion Single Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Speeding up the planning system

  • A Planning White Paper is to be released in the spring - A new English planning system, fit for the future.
  • Reform planning fees to create a world-class planning service linked to performance.
  • Automatic rebates where planning applications are successful at appeal.
  • Ensure land for housing is built out, and make it clearer who owns land
  • Expand the use of zoning tools to support development.
  • Increase effectiveness, take-up and role of CPOs, to facilitate land assembly and infrastructure delivery.

Helping first time buyers onto the housing ladder

  • Cut the cost of new homes through the new First Homes scheme. Current consultation to offer 30%+ discount in perpetuity on certain new build housing
  • Explore encouraging a market for long-term fixed rate mortgages.
  • A new national Shared Ownership model.

Creating beautiful, sustainable places

  • Revise the NPPF to embed the principles of good design and placemaking.
  • Give local authorities the ability to produce Local Design Codes.
  • Review our policy for building in areas at flood risk.
  • From 2025, the Future Homes Standard will require up to 80% lower carbon emissions for all new homes.
  • Establish a Net Zero development in Toton in the East Midlands.
  • Transform Homes England, into a more muscular agency that is better able to drive up delivery.

Ensuring affordable, safe and secure housing for all

  • £12bn investment in affordable homes over 5 years.
  • Publishing the Social Housing White Paper.
  • £1 billion to support remediation for building safety.
  • Protecting new homeowners through the New Homes Ombudsman, which is already being rolled out in consultation with the HBF.
  • Ensuring renters are treated fairly through the Renters’ Reform Bill.
  • Pledging over £640 million to end rough sleeping