Whilst there are plenty of mentions of 'Affordable Housing' and a tight definition of what is and isn't affordable, there are only a few concessions to help social landlords reduce waiting lists.
The main thrust of the framework outlines how local planning authorities should produce an up-to-date local plan and use it to grant permission for sustainable development.
For affordable housing this means:
- councils will identify
- how many affordable properties to build
- where they should go
- what tenure they should be
- who will live in affordable dwellings
- permitted affordable green belt developments to meet community needs
- site viability should outweigh 'obligations and burdens' such as affordable housing
The National Housing Federation has responded positively to the framework, Chief Executive David Orr said:
"The NPPF also rightly puts the emphasis on creating mixed and balanced communities, crucially underpinned by a presumption in favour of sustainable development."UK parliament has published a short briefing (aimed at MPs) that summarises the key points of the framework and provides useful background information.