13th June 2017

The TCPA is today launching a new guidance document, designed to help councils decide the best way of delivering affordable homes in their area. The guidance is being launched at a sold-out seminar in London, exploring how councils are proactively tackling the housing crisis by returning to their historic role as housebuilders.

Figures published last month showed that 98% of councils describe their need for affordable housing as either severe or moderate. Furthermore, the planning system is still relied upon as the dominant model for securing affordable homes, despite the viability test in the NPPF impacting on how many affordable homes councils can secure through Section 106 agreements. At a time of continued resource constraints at a local government level, this new guidance is designed to signpost councils towards available resources, including toolkits, case studies and evidence, to help them to decide the options available to them for securing affordable homes.

The guidance is part of the TCPA project “How can councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes?”, supported by the Nationwide Foundation, which aims to identify, analyse and transfer innovative models being trialled by councils. A series of seminars is being held across the country in June and July to explore new models being undertaken, and to disseminate the findings of a recent survey carried out on councils in England.

Using the results of the survey and case studies being investigated by the project, a series of recommendations will be presented to the new government at a parliamentary launch event in October. For more information, please visit the project website at https://www.tcpa.org.uk/how-can-councils-secure-the-delivery-of-more-affordable-homes.