The government has committed to building 1 million homes in five years and is relying on the Housing and Planning Bill to help achieve that goal. The bill, however, has had a rocky ride through Parliament and only received Royal Assent on 13 May 2016.
The new Housing and Planning Act 2016 will help more people buy their own home and get houses built faster by "underpinning the voluntary Right to Buy agreement with housing associations, supporting the doubling of the number of custom and self-build homes by 2020, tackling rogue landlords and speeding up the neighbourhood planning process".
For more about the Act, you can read:
- Building the Future, which was first published in Property Law Journal (February 2016) and is also available at www.lawjournals.co.uk.
- The Department for Communities and Local Government news release: Landmark Housing and Planning Bill receives Royal Assent.