Housing supply

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on housing supply. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
04.02.2015Planning Reform Proposals
Planning reform proposals to change planning law and policy have been set out by Government in a technical consultation on planning, the National Infrastructure Plan and Autumn Statement. These include changes to permitted development rights, proposals to get more brownfield land back into use and reform of the compulsory purchase regime, among others.
02.02.2015Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England)
Building more private rented sector homes: Looking at measures by the Coalition Government, and policy proposals from those within the sector, to increase the supply of privately rented properties in England.
31.12.2014Planning for Housing
It is Government policy to encourage more house building within the planning system. This note sets out how local authorities are directed to plan for housing.
31.12.2014Garden Cities
New garden cities have been proposed as one way to meet the housing shortfall. A new garden city has been proposed at Ebbsfleet and the Government has published a prospectus detailing Government support for new garden city proposals. A number of studies propose different models for delivering garden cities. This note sets out what has been proposed so far for new garden cities in the future.
30.12.2014The Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15
This note provides background information on the Bill's provisions and summarises the content of the Bill. The Bill's Committee Stage was adjourned on 29 October 2014 as a money resolution must be passed in order for it to progress any further.

Research Papers

DateDescription
12.09.2012Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill
This briefing has been prepared to inform the Second Reading debate on the Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill
12.04.2011Localism Bill: Committee Stage Report
This paper covers the Commons Committee Stage of the Bill, and complements Research Papers 11/02 and 11/03, prepared for Second Reading. The Bill covers a wide range of topics in local government, planning, housing and the governance of London. It was not substantially amended in Committee, although there were some minor technical Government amendments. However, at several points, Ministers agreed to look again at certain issues and consider whether to introduce amendments at Report Stage.
11.01.2011Localism Bill: Planning and Housing
This paper covers three parts of the Bill: Part 5 of the Bill will abolish regional planning, introduce a neighbourhood planning regime and abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission. Part 6 of the Bill will make significant changes to the way in which social housing is provided and will also repeal the legislation governing the provision of Home Information Packs (HIPs). This Part includes provisions that will enable the long awaited reform of council housing finance. Part 7 of the Bill will make changes to housing and regeneration functions in London. It will abolish the London Development Agency and introduce a regime for Mayoral Development Corporations. Changes to Greater London Authority governance will allow the delegation of functions by Ministers to the Mayor.
18.08.2006Affordable housing in England

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
18.01.2011Beyond Decent Homes.
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
08.03.2010Beyond Decent Homes.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
01.12.2011SOLO PROPERTIES ACTION GROUP
That this House welcomes the formation of the Solo Properties Action Group which has been established in response to the deceitful actions of Solo Properties, in South Shields; understands ...
14.09.2011ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS' HOMEWISE CAMPAIGN
That this House believes that England faces a housing shortage with fewer homes being built than the new households that are being formed each year; welcomes the Royal Institute of ...
29.06.2010PROVISION OF PUBLIC HOUSING FOR RENT
That this House believes that investment in existing and new council housing is an urgent priority to avert a growing housing crisis, leading to a failing housing market and growing ...
08.06.2010GREEN BELT PROTECTION
That this House notes that regional spatial strategies removed green belt protection and caused environmental harm; believes that it was right for the Government to announce its early ...
07.06.2010DESIGNATION OF GARDENS
That this House believes that gardens around houses which are currently classified as brownfield land should be redesignated as greenfield land.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses