Starter homes policy and the Housing and Planning Act 2016
Starter homes policy and the Housing and Planning Act 2016

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Starter homes policy and the Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • Starter homes policy
  • 2014 starter homes consultation
  • March 2015 written ministerial statement
  • Planning Practice Guidance
  • Housing and Planning Act 2016 and starter homes regulations
  • Starter homes definition in HPA 2016
  • Restrictions on sale in HPA 2016
  • General duty to promote the supply of starter homes in the HPA 2016
  • Starter homes requirement in the HPA 2016
  • More...

Starter homes policy

2014 starter homes consultation

In December 2014 the government first announced its intention to launch a new starter homes scheme, opening a consultation on planning reforms to support the development of 100,000 new low-cost homes for young first time buyers. The consultation identified that house price increases meant that ‘too many hardworking people in their twenties and thirties’ were struggling to gain a foot on the property ladder, and proposed to:

  1. introduce a new national starter homes exceptions sites planning policy to enable starter homes to be built on under-used or unviable brownfield sites not currently identified for housing on public and private land

  2. ensure through either planning obligations or conditions that newly built starter homes were only available to buy or occupy for young first time buyers and are sold at a minimum 20% discount below open market value

  3. remove the obligations on developers to fund section 106 affordable housing contributions, including any tariff-based contributions to general infrastructure pots, and exempt the Community Infrastructure Levy on Starter Homes to enable them to help deliver this discounted price

March 2015 written ministerial statement

The government’s consultation response noted a strong support for starter homes. As a result, the government issued national planning policy in the form of a written ministerial statement in March 2015. This policy:

  1. requires local planning authorities (LPAs) to work in a

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