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The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick has given his speech to the Conservative Party Conference titled “Homes Fit for the Future.”
The speech was very light on policy and devoid of mentioning the PRS so I will pull out what I can of interest to the housing market that wasn’t simply political attacks on the opposition.
“I believe in ownership as the bulwark of individual freedom, bringing security, dignity and independence. So I will redouble our efforts.
“Since 2010 we’ve delivered over 1.3 million new homes. Last year we delivered the highest number bar one year in my adult lifetime
“And we’ve cut stamp duty for 95% of first-time buyers. But we’ve got much more to do.
“Firstly, we’re going to find more routes to homeownership.
“To overcome the barrier of raising enough money for a deposit, I’ve already simplified the shared ownership option.
“Today I’m going further, working with housing associations to give as many of their 2.6 million tenants as possible the right to shared ownership of their home – starting with all new properties.
“Secondly, we’re reforming our outdated, contradictory planning system, which is holding us back.
“So I will simplify the system.
“I’m announcing new freedoms, including to build upward so that your home can grow as your family does too.” (referring to plans allowing two story extensions without requiring planning permission)
“Reducing conditions, speeding up consent. Better funded local planning in return for efficient service. The beginning of a planning revolution.
“Thirdly, no new home will be built in the country from 2025 without low carbon heating and the highest levels of energy efficiency.
“We want better homes – and a better planet to match.
“And fourthly, these new homes must be well-designed, safe, and rooted in places to which people can belong.
“I am announcing the first national design guide and asking every community to produce their own. Empowering people to make sure that development works for them, in keeping with the local heritage and vernacular, with each new street lined with trees.
“So, under the Conservatives, more environmentally-friendly homes, more beautiful homes, faster and simpler planning, and a leg up on to the property ladder.”
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