Councils to be required to report on deals with housing developers
Councils will be required to report on the agreements reached with housing developers to pay for infrastructure, under new rules laid in Parliament this week.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse claimed that “confusing and unnecessarily over-complicated” rules were being simplified, so that communities would know exactly how much developers were paying for infrastructure in their area.
Councils will have to set out how the money will be spent “enabling residents to see every step taken to secure their area is ready for new housing”.
The Government also claimed that the changes would make it faster for councils to introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy in the first place.
Restrictions are to be eased to allow councils to fund single, larger infrastructure projects from the cash received from multiple developments, “giving greater freedom to deliver complex projects at pace”, it added.
The Minister of State said: “Communities deserve to know whether their council is fighting their corner with developers – getting more cash to local services so they can cope with the new homes built.
“The reforms not only ensure developers and councils don’t shirk their responsibilities, allowing residents to hold them to account - but also free up councillors to fund bigger and more complicated projects over the line.
“The certainty and less needless complexity will lead to quicker decisions.”
The regulations will be debated once parliamentary time allows.
The Government has also published its response to the views received in its technical consultation on developer contributions reform.