Lyons housing review puts councils centre stage

By Jonathan Werran | 16 October 2014

Local government would have a more active role in ensuring more homes are built under long-awaited Labour Party plans unveiled today.

Proposals outlined in Sir Michael Lyons’ independent housing review would mean councils would play a key role in putting together plots of land for house building and entering risk-sharing partnerships with developers and owners.

The review, which has been designed to underpin a Labour commitment to building 200,000 homes a year by the end of the decade, contains three major policies for unlocking housing supply and ensuring communities would  benefit from local developments.

These are:

  • that local communities would have the power to build homes needed in the places people want to life;
  • councils would submit area plans for homebuilding and make available sufficient land for development to meet need; and
  • residents as first-time buyers would be first in line to buy the new homes when they went on sale.

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