12 May 2022
Responding to the Infrastructure Levy announced under the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said:
"We welcome the publication of the Bill and appreciate that there’s still a lot of detail to be worked out.
“We’ve been clear in our conversations with government that the delivery of on-site affordable housing must be protected. We were pleased they have responded to this by putting a mechanism in place to ensure affordable housing levels will be maintained, with current levels as a minimum.
“With such large-scale changes to the planning system proposed, we think there’s room for the government to go further. There is inevitably going to be some disruption with these changes, so they should be ambitious and create a system which delivers affordable housing at the scale and quality the country needs.
"We've advocated an approach that evaluates whether the Levy protects affordable housing so we welcome the test-and-learn approach the government has adopted. This is a perfect opportunity to really strengthen delivery before any national roll-out."