A number of measures were announced to accelerate housing supply and get more homes built:

  • the sale of £4.5 billion worth of government land and property, creating space for more than 160,000 new homes, and to implement a new commercial approach to land and property management;
  • reforms to the planning system, including establishing a new delivery test on local authorities, to ensure delivery against the number of homes set out in Local Plans;
  • the release of unused and previously undeveloped commercial, retail, and industrial land for Starter Homes, and supporting the regeneration of previously developed brownfield sites in the green belt by allowing them to be developed in the same way as other brownfield land, providing it contributes to Starter Homes, and subject to local consultation;
  • backing SME house builders, including by amending planning policy to support small sites, extending the £1 billion Builders’ Finance Fund to 2020-21, and halving the length of the planning guarantee for minor developments;
  • offering £2.3 billion in loans to help regenerate large council estates and invest in infrastructure needed for major housing developments; and
  • investing £310 million to deliver the first new garden city in nearly 100 years, at Ebbsfleet. This is part of a wider £700 million programme of regeneration at Barking Riverside, Brent Cross, Northstowe and Bicester Garden Town. Together these will support up to 60,000 new homes