LGA says definition of affordable housing must include homes for social rent

The Local Government Association (LGA) believes that the definition of affordable housing must include homes for social rent in forthcoming government changes to planning policy.

The LGA claims that this is required in order to tackle the historic low numbers of social rented homes across the country.

A revision to the National Planning Policy Framework removed reference to ‘social rent’ homes from the government’s definition of affordable homes.

This comes as just 2.48% of homes built in 2016/17 were designated for social rent, down from the 3.59% recorded the previous year.

Cllr Judith Blake, LGA housing spokesman, said: “The country needs to be building approximately 300,000 homes a year of all types and tenure to address our housing shortage.

“It’s essential that the government ensures social rent is included in the definition of affordable housing in the upcoming changes to planning policy. 

“…The imminent social housing green paper is a real opportunity to give councils the tools they need to trigger the renaissance in council housebuilding we desperately need.”

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