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Housing shortages: what councils can do

This report highlights the key role of councils in meeting the housing supply challenges in their areas and noted the entrepreneurial and innovative approach being taken by councils in bringing together partners

Planning Positively through Partnership

The planning system is vital for shaping the future growth of our society. Where it works well, it is one of the best tools that we have to unlock economic growth and to deliver the homes and jobs that are needed in our towns and cities.

Ten commitments for effective pre-application engagement

Pre-application engagement should lead to high quality and appropriate development schemes being granted planning permission more quickly. Early, collaborative discussions between developers, public sector agencies and the communities affected by a new development can help to shape better quality, more accepted schemes and ensure improved outcomes for the community.

Planning and growth: the facts

The planning system has been reformed five times since the Second World War but this has had little effect on house building.

Delivering housing growth – A collection of essays

Showcasing the positive approach that councils across the country are taking to deliver housing growth.

Councillor Briefing pack: Sustainable Housing

Topic specific briefing packs providing guidance and advice to councillors on how preparing for a changing climate can help achieve wider local priorities.

Section 106 Exemptions Survey 2015

The objective of our survey was to assess the impact of new national planning policy exempting development of 10 homes or less and redevelopment of vacant buildings (the so-called ‘Vacant Building Credit') from section 106 affordable housing contributions.


Preliminary findings from the LGA Housing Commission

Our housing crisis demands action now. Spiralling house prices are forcing difficult choices on families, distorting places and hampering growth.

Get in on the Act Housing and Planning Act 2016

Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Get in on the Act)

The legislation completed its passage through Parliament on 11 May 2016 and received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016.

The LGA housing commission final report

At the LGA Annual Conference in July 2016 we published the preliminary findings from the commission. Since then, we have been impressed and proud of the work underway in the sector, and encouraged by the initial response from the Government.

Build back local

To build back better, we must build back local.

Build back local: Building back better

Read the full 2021 LGA Annual Conference paper.


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