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The new Housing Planning Act 2016 came into effect a couple of months ago. We’ve digested the content and have summarised below the key changes


Summary of the 2016 House Planning Act


  • the Act focuses on first time buyers and starter homes (or affordable homes as they are now termed)
  • a target of 200,000 affordable homes to be built within the next 4 years
  • further extended right to buy to tenants in housing association properties
  • local councils will be required to consider the sale of vacant stock
  • a new rogue landlord database will be set up to help police the private rented sector
  • letting agents will now have to keep client money on separate business accounts
  • planning permission in principle may now be granted automatically, but is subject to adoption of key qualifying documents such as a development plan
  • the adoption of a well-maintained brownfield register



If you would like more information on the Housing Planning Act 2016 or would like to discuss your own planning application, please Contact Us