Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Sign Up to Affordable Housing Protocol

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Sign Up to Affordable Housing Protocol

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Eleven local authorities have promised to make more effort to help social landlords and other developers build affordable housing.

After signing protocols with the Housing Corporation, the councils will be expected to ease planning procedures and make more land available for homes, in return for being given a say over which organisations receive grants.

The protocols, announced at the conference, follow a call last year by corporation chief executive Jon Rouse for councils and housing associations to work together more closely.

Speaking to Public Finance, Rouse described the new partnerships as absolutely crucial for the corporation' but said they depend on councils playing an effective strategic role.

He stressed that the authorities will not receive preferential treatment over funding. 'It's about establishing a more mature relationship,' he said.

Later, during a session on the Barker review of housing supply, Rouse urged associations not to sit on assets that could be used for new homes and raised the possibility of grants being paid over a five-year period instead of two. …

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