Select Committee on Economic Affairs
Building more homes

1st Report of Session 2016-17 - published 15 July 2016 - HL Paper 20


Executive Summary

Our main conclusions and recommendations

Introduction: Housing, a broken market?

Part 1: The problems

Chapter 1: The state we are in

The role of demand

Supply of land

Private sector construction

Public sector housebuilding

Public policy changes and volatility in the market

Existing housing stock

Chapter 2: The Government’s response

Housing supply: building one million homes

Tenure: doubling the number of first time buyers

Part 2: The solutions

Chapter 3: Planning reform

The current planning system

Criticism of the planning system

Increasing resources

Accelerating build out rates

Reform to section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy

Other solutions and initiatives

Chapter 4: Building more homes on public land

Releasing public land for development

Type of homes that could be built on public land

Coordinating the release of central Government owned land

Chapter 5: Building by local authorities and housing

Capacity to increase housebuilding

Benefits of local authority and housing association building

Increasing building by housing associations

Increasing local authority housebuilding

Chapter 6: Making better use of the existing housing stock

Taxation relating to property

Lack of suitable accommodation for downsizing

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Mortgage affordability for first time buyers

Annex 2: Trends in population growth

Annex 3: Government Initiatives to Help Home Ownership

Annex 4: Planning changes

Annex 5: Local Authority Financing Initiatives

Appendix 1: List of Members and Declaration of Interests

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for Evidence

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