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HPA 2016, Pt 1 introduces a duty to promote starter homes (Section 1), which are new homes to be sold to first time buyers aged 23–39 at no more than 80% of market value (capped at £450,000 in Greater London and £250,000 elsewhere). HPA 2016, s 4 imposes a general duty on local authorities to promote the supply of starter homes when carrying out planning functions (such as preparing local plans, discharging the duty to cooperate and determining planning applications).
The Secretary of State may make regulations restraining the grant planning permission for specified residential developments if set requirements relating to starter homes are met (HPA 2016, s 5). This may include a requirement for section 106 obligations to secure a set amount of starter homes or a payment in lieu. He may also issue compliance directions sterilising specific local planning policies where they are getting in the way of delivery (HPA 2016, s 7).
Similar duties and powers apply to the grant of planning permission and permission in principle (PIP) for self-build/custom build homes (HPA 2016, s 10).
HPA 2016, Pt 6 enables other initiatives intended to promote housing delivery, many of which require secondary legislation to join the dots:
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