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
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
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.
here to let us know your views.