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Housing and Planning Bill passes into law

Words: Laura Edgar

The wording of the government’s Housing and Planning Bill has been settled on by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and has now passed into law.

It gained Royal Assent yesterday (12 May), with housing minister Brandon Lewis tweeting “#StarterHomes can now become a reality”.

The Housing and Planning Act also includes measures to extend the Right to Buy, a review of planning legislation relating to sustainable drainage and to introduce a policy of high rent for high income social housing tenants.

A number of measures went back and forth between the two houses during the ping-pong procedure of the bill, including those on starter homes.

Read about the report stages, amendments, defeats and concessions in chronological order here:


MPs unhappy with "privatisation of planning"

Planning applications to be decided by third party proposal welcomed

Report stage round-up

Third reading passed

House of Lords raises questions about its policies and its ‘denial of localism’ 

Housing and Planning Bill: What did the House of Lords say about starter homes?  

Fee flexibility pilot schemes ruled out 28/4 

Government defeated on starter home proposals 

Lords vote through 4 amendments 

Lord inflict further defeats on the government 

Lords pass third reading amid more amendments 

Government blocks Lords’ starter homes amendments 

Lords vote to reinstate amendments 

Commons reject Lords’ Right to Buy amendment 

Lords agree to Commons’ amendments 

Lords concede on remaining amendment

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