Member briefing on the Housing and Planning Bill

On 13 October, the Government published the Housing and Planning Bill 2015, which sets out measures to boost house building and makes a number of changes to the planning system. This member briefing sets out the important changes in the Bill for housing associations, and how the Federation plans to respond to them.

26 October 2015

Our briefing highlights welcome elements of the Bill such as the absence of legislation on Right to Buy and a clause on reducing regulation, but also outlines areas of concern around topics like Starter Homes. It also discusses the language used around the Right to Buy agreement, which we are clear intends to enable the voluntary deal and the principles and parameters agreed, including full compensation.

Now that the Bill has received its first reading, in being published, it awaits a date for its second reading in a debate in the House of Commons. We will be briefing Parliamentarians on the priority areas for housing associations before each stage of the Bill, to ensure that your views are represented during its passage.

If you would like to be involved in our influencing work, or have any conversations with politicians focusing on the Bill, please email the Federation’s Public Affairs team and we can discuss our approach with you.