The Housing Bill Soapbox #QueensSpeech

The Housing Bill Soapbox #QueensSpeech

Three main elements:

1) Home ownership- Right to Buy

Helping more housing association tenants to buy their own home by extending the Right to Buy levels of discount to housing association tenants and requiring local authorities to dispose of high-value vacant council houses, which would help fund the Right to Buy extension discounts and the building of more affordable homes in the area. Providing the necessary statutory framework to support the delivery of an increased supply of new ‘Starter Homes’, to be reserved and offered to first-time buyers at a 20% discount on their open market value.

2) Right to Build

Enhancing the Right to Build requiring local planning authorities to support custom and self-builders registered in their area in identifying suitable plots of land to build or commission their own home.

3) Housing Supply

Giving local residents greater control over planning by simplifying and speeding up the neighbourhood planning system, to support communities that seek to meet local housing and other development needs through neighbourhood planning and to give effect to other changes to housing and planning legislation that would support housing growth. Freeing-up  land for development by introducing a statutory register for brownfield land, to help achieve the target of getting Local Development Orders in place on 90% of suitable brownfield sites by 2020.

Who says what?

The Right to Build, Starter Home and Brownfield Register initiatives have largely been welcomed; however the Right to Buy extension is set to be controversial.

Local Government Association

"The current Right-to-buy system only allows councils to replace half or fewer of homes they have sold. The Government has rightly promised every home sold under these proposals will be replaced on a one-for-one basis and we need to make sure new proposals enable that to happen.”"Councils understand the need to provide more homes for first-time buyers and are already taking steps to make first-time homes more affordable. New starter homes cannot be built in isolation or without any wider community needs. They must come with the infrastructure

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Melissa Moore is a dual qualified in England and Wales and South African lawyer and has 14 years’ experience in property practice in England. She has worked in local government and been a partner at a regional law firm and most recently an associate director at Berwin Leighton Paisner which she joined in 2005. Melissa has wide experience in all areas of property law and specializes in commercial real estate development. She has experience in a number of sectors including hotel, leisure, offices, investment, industrial, motorway service stations and funding. She has worked on large scale strategic developments and government funding initiatives, town centre regeneration schemes and private mixed use developments both for public sector and private developers and investment funds. In 2013 she was ranked by Legal 500 as recommended for local government work.