The new Housing and Planning Bill has been introduced into Parliament. The government says it is to start a “national crusade to get one million homes built by 2020”.

Measures in the Bill include:

  • a new legal duty on councils to guarantee the provi- sion of 200,000 Starter Homes on all reasonably sized new development sites, to be offered to first- time buyers at a 20% discount on market prices;
  • targeted powers for the government to ensure that all councils get Local Plans in place by 2017;
  • automatic planning permission in principle on brownfield sites; and
  • a new duty on councils to help allocate land to enable 20,000 custom and self-built homes a year to be built by 2020. housing-and-planning-bill-will-transform- generation-rent-into-generation-buy