The TCPA has released a report in partnership with APSE which evaluates the effectiveness of national housing and planning policy from the perspective of UK local authorities.

In ‘Building homes, creating communities: Ensuring councils provide innovative solutions to meeting housing need’, we investigate whether councils believe that current planning frameworks help or hinder the production of housing in Britain.

Based on the research findings, which includes case studies, surveys and round table discussions with 166 local authorities, the report makes 16 recommendations to Government.

Click here for the full report

Key findings

  • 65% of councils say that most of their social and affordable housing is delivered through S106 payments (developer contributions).

  • 62% of councils describe their need for affordable housing as ‘severe’ and 35% say their need is ‘moderate’.

  • 64% of councils are either considering or already using private rented sector homes (PRS) as part of their solution to creating new homes.

  • 3% of councils think that Brexit will have a positive impact on their ability to build homes in the future.

  • 47% of councils believe that planning policies and building regulations do not ensure that homes built in their local authority by the private sector are sustainable.

  • 36% of councils believe that planning policies and building regulations do not ensure that homes built in their local authority by the private sector meet the needs of older and disabled people by providing a sufficient proportion of accessible and inclusive homes.

* Findings based on online survey responses from 166 councils.