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RICS responds to latest DLUHC announcement on housing

July 26, 2023

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have announced a series of initiatives aimed at providing a much-needed boost to the housing market, centred around increasing supply.

Among the announcements:

  • Commitment to creating 1 million new homes during the current government – building on RICS calls to reinstate house-building targets.
  • £800 million is being spent to unlock 56,000 new homes on brownfield sites while strengthening the importance of placemaking and infrastructure on major developments.
  • A consultation on reforming local plans, to make them simpler, shorter and more visual, showing clearly what is planned in local areas so communities can engage.
  • Supporting the backlog of planning applications by creating ‘super-squad’ planning teams who will be deployed across the planning system to unlock applications – echoing a long-term call from RICS.
  • Communities having a greater say on local needs and contributions from developers, with the Office for Place driving forward the change.
  • Greater opportunity to convert non-domestic properties into residential by reforming the planning system.
  • Relaxation on planning rules for domestic extensions and building upwards.
  • Expansion of building safety measures by introducing new regulations on second staircases for high-rise residential blocks.

Source: RICS –