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Housing and Planning Bill: Government defeated on starter homes proposals

Words: Laura Edgar
Starter homes

The House of Lords has voted in favour of two amendments to starter home proposals in the Housing and Planning Bill during the report stage.

Yesterday's report stage session was one of five that will be held this month.

Crossbencher Lord Richard Best tabled an amendment that would mean the 20 per cent discount on starter homes is “subject to a restriction” if the property is sold.

The amendment, backed by Labour’s front bench, will see the discount paid back upon sale, with a reduction of 5 per cent a year for a period of 20 years.

The government lost the vote on the amendment by 275 votes to 181.

Originally, starter home buyers would have been able to sell the home at full value after five years.

In March, the government launched a consultation on proposals for starter homes, including a suggestion that one in five homes on sites comprising 10 or more dwellings would be a starter home.

Crossbencher Lord Bob Kerslake, chair of housing association Peabody, tabled an amendment, supported by Labour’s front bench, that would permit an English planning authority to “grant planning permission for a residential development having had regard to the provision of starter homes based on its own assessment of local housing need and viability”.

When pushed to a vote, the government was defeated by 280 votes to 194.

The RTPI supports Kerslake’s amendment.

An amendment to exempt rural exception sites from the Starter Home initiative was passed without a vote.

What the House of Lord said about starter homes during the committee stage can be found here.

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