Habinteg has submitted its response to the government’s technical consultation on the implementation of changes to national planning policy.
The consultation includes new measures that allow the Government to intervene where local authorities are not delivering the new homes specified in their Local Plans or where a Local Plan has not been produced. The proposals also seek to place a duty on local planning authorities to ensure that their planning reports record details of the financial benefits that are likely to accrue as a result of the proposed development. We believe that these proposed changes could go further to help ensure an increase in the supply of accessible homes. A full, long-term consideration of the demands of older and disabled people is vital if housing policy is to be fit for purpose, especially as the challenges of an ageing population become increasingly pressing.
There is an opportunity to use some of the proposed changes in this consultation, especially those around recording housing delivery and informing local people about the financial benefits of development, to promote the socio-economic value of accessible and easily adaptable homes. Recording the number of accessible homes built annually will ensure Local Authorities (and Government) are effectively meeting the needs of the people. Furthermore, this data would help to illustrate the national picture across England, informing policy development and providing a measurement by which policy makers and developers can be measured.
You can see the full consultation response here: http://www.habinteg.org.uk/responses