New measures set to boost housebuilding

HousebuildingNew measures will deliver new homes across the country, help aspiring homeowners onto the property ladder and offer greater support to those renting privately.

Housebuilding is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan, expected to create thousands of new jobs and boost the construction trades.

A new Urban Development Corporation will help deliver the first Garden City for 100 years at Ebbsfleet, with up to 15,000 new homes.

Overlapping and unnecessary building standards, that increase the cost of construction for house builders, are scrapped making it easier and less expensive to build.

There will be new support from councils for aspiring self- and custom builders in their area to find suitable plots of land to get their projects off the drawing board.

There will also be help for aspiring homeowners and tenants in the private rented sector, with more people qualifying for the Right to Buy, measures to prevent so-called retaliatory evictions and requirements on letting agents to publish full details of the fees they charge to tenants.

And homeowners in London looking to rent out their homes on a short-term basis will now be able to do so without seeking planning permission from their council – putting the Capital’s rules in line with those already in place for the rest of the country.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We’re working across all parts of the housing industry to get the country building again and it’s working, with housebuilding levels at their highest since 2007 and planning permission granted on 253,000 homes in the last year alone.”

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