Last edited 19 Jan 2016

Housing Strategy for England

Laying the foundations: a housing strategy for England was published by the government in November 2011 to promote choice, flexibility and affordability in housing. The aim of the strategy was; to get Britain building again; laying the foundations for a more responsive, effective and stable housing market; supporting choice and quality for tenants; improving environmental standards and design quality.

The strategy suggested that ‘…In 2009/10, there were 115,000 new build housing completions in England. Meanwhile, the latest household projections suggest that the number of households will grow by 232,000 per year (average annual figure until 2033).’

The initiatives set out in the Housing Strategy for England included:

NB on 10 July 2015, the government published ‘Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation’ a government plan for increasing Britain’s productivity. Amongst a great number of wide-ranging changes, the report states, 'The government does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards, but will keep energy efficiency standards under review, recognising that existing measures to increase energy efficiency of new buildings should be allowed time to become established.'

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