Design summit to engage communities in housing
Housing minister Grant Shapps is planning a design summit to overcome local communities’ objections to new housing schemes.
Speaking at the Home Builders Federation annual industry lunch in London on Tuesday (24 April) he told developers ‘great design helps communities accept your work and speed up the [planning] system’.
He said he would set out plans later this year to give communities a greater voice in developments and for a joint government and industry design summit.
He also said the government’s Newbuy mortgage indemnity scheme would now help the ‘boxed in’ generation – second generation buyers who do not have the money to upgrade their homes.
The scheme allows home buyers to access mortgages of up to 95 per cent of the value of a property.
‘The Newbuy guarantee gives second time buyers a second chance,’ Mr Shapps told delegates at the lunch.
‘The boxed in family now gets help. Help to buy a new build home with the ceiling price set up to a half a million pounds’.
He also said the government’s new homes bonus scheme was incentivising local authorities to increase their housing stock.
Inside Housing revealed in January this year, through freedom of information requests, more than 70 per cent of councils in England had not spent their share of the £200 million bonus cash. In the scheme, the government pledges to match council tax on any new property, built or brought back into use, for the first six years.