Election Special – Conservative Housing and Planning Policy

April 28, 2015 3:55 pm Published by

Our Election Special series of newsletters outlines the housing and planning policies of the three main parties.

First up: The Conservative Party

Housing policy includes:
  • Extending Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants in England
  • Extending the Equity loan part of Help to Buy until 2020
  • Help To Buy ISA – first time buyers can save £200 a month in an ISA and the government will add 25% on top of this, up to a maximum contribution of £3000
  • Delivering 200,000 starter homes for first time buyers under the age of 40, available at 20% below the market rate
  • Double the number of self-build houses
  • Making 10,000 new homes available at 20% below market rent
  • Increasing the inheritance tax threshold on family homes to £1m by 2017
Planning policy includes:
  • Any new properties built as part of the ‘Starter Home Scheme’ will be exempt from CIL and the requirement for affordable homes
  • A £175m garden bridge crossing from Temple to the South Bank funded by private investment and £60m of public money
  • New incentives would be put forward to encourage local authorities to release land that could be used for self-build and custom-build housing developments
  • Moves against an ‘anti-developer’ culture, placing the responsibility on ‘under-performing’ councils
  • New incentives for offsite manufacturing in house building
  • New Garden Cities

See the original newsletter here

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