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The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.

 

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Ministerial statement on building houses outside the HRA 16/04/2015

ARCH briefing 11/2015

 

In the last edition of the ARCH Bulletin we reported on the written statement to Parliament by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis on increasing house building by councils "outside the HRA".

 

While the Minister welcomed approaches where councils set up local housing companies to develop new homes for market sale or purchasing private rented homes for the accommodation of homeless households, he made it clear that if councils develop social or affordable housing which they fail to account for within their HRA the Secretary of State will consider issuing a direction under section 74 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to force councils to bring that stock into the HRA.

 

A number of ARCH authorities are considering building "outside the HRA" and have expressed concern that the Minister's stance on this issue will have a negative impact on their plans and abilities to provide more housing - particularly more affordable housing.

 

  • ARCH would be interested to hear views and comments from its member councils on the Ministerial announcement on building outside the HRA:
  • Is your council building or considering building outside the HRA?
  • Are you concerned that the Minister's statement will threaten your plans?

 

If so please let us know by completing the link below. We are currently considering what our policy stance should be on this issue and what representations we should make to government on this issue.



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