Planning reform: consultation response

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Sagoe, Cecil; Grayston, Rose
Date of publication
1 January 2019
Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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Shelter supports the Government's aim to develop a 20 year plan to address the national housing crisis and to deliver sufficient social, local, high quality and affordable housing to be built in England.

It is crucial that planning system and land market also commit to delivering the objective of building sufficient, affordable housing in England, and Shelter therefore, in its response, focuses on Government's proposals in relation to permitted development rights (PDR) and the disposal of local authority land.

Shelter recommends and reasons that Government should not go ahead with their proposals to extend PDR for new homes, but welcomes the proposal to amend the rules governing local authority land disposals, which will give local authorities means to pursue social and environmental objectives including house building, also for specific target groups like the elderly in the community and families.

The response also answers detailed specific questions, whether commercial buildings should be converted to social housing or whether additional storeys should be built onto existing housing.

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