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Montague Report Published

23 August 2012

Montague Report Published

Sir Adrian Montague has reported today on suggestions to increase the scale of provision of private rented homes.

The RTPI considers that the critical issue is whether there is enough housing overall and is it in the right place, with the right supporting infrastructure.

On the specific suggestion that for private rented schemes there should be a relaxation of affordable housing requirements, the RTPI would raise two issues:

  • Would this reduce the overall numbers of affordable homes to be provided?
  • Are the Montague proposals for ensuring that homes are privately rented for a minimum period actually workable?  There is no planning definition of private rented homes. Planning conditions do not effectively endure for longer than 10 years. Would covenants as suggested be practicable?

Richard Blyth

RTPI Head of Policy & Practice