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DCLG announces consultation on planning changes to boost opportunities for thousands of families to get on the housing ladder

Rentplus, the pioneering affordable rent-to-buy housing company, has welcomed new Government moves to expand the range of options for people aspiring to get on the housing ladder.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a consultation aimed at changing the National Planning Policy to “broaden the definition of affordable housing and expand the range of low cost housing opportunities for those aspiring to own their own home.

“This would include products that are analogous to low cost market housing or intermediate rent, such as discount market sales or innovative rent to buy housing.”

Commenting, Rentplus Chief Executive, Richard Connolly, said: “We are pleased that the Government has recognised the need for the innovation if we are to resolve the country’s housing crisis. It was this belief in innovation that led to the creation of the Rentplus rent-to-buy model, which is proving very popular with local authorities and housing providers – as well as prospective home owners.

“These proposals will give all local authorities the confidence needed to approve innovative affordable housing models which will in turn extend home ownership to thousands more working households.

Since its creation Rentplus has argued for these changes to support the delivery of new affordable homes to buy. We look forward to continuing to work with the Government as it consults on its proposals.”    

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