The Department for Communities and Local Government has published an evaluation of the New Homes Bonus. The New Homes Bonus rewards the delivery of additional homes in England.
The RTPI welcomes publication of the New Homes Bonus evaluation by the Government. As we said in our evidence to the Communities and Local Government Committee (report published 16th December 2014) it is essential that good, free, publicly available national evidence is available to the Government and Parliament when deciding national planning policy.
The New Homes Bonus has positive and negative impacts on local authorities, as a result of the fact that if it is funded from a fixed total for local government, there are winners and losers. It has been regarded by 49% of local authority planning officers as a powerful incentive for many councils in helping to facilitate housing growth, but on the other hand only 10% of authorities agreed that the Bonus had increased support for new homes within the local community. In addition, only 5% of the bonus has been a significant factor in public consultation and discussion in local plans (taken from the New Homes Bonus evaluation report).
The RTPI has published proposals on how joint working to increase housing supply should work. Our view is that in the first instance, growth and city deals should be used to do this and we are not convinced this is fully happening yet. It is vital that communities see spending on health, education and transport increasing if they plan for growth. This goes beyond the scope of the New Homes Bonus which does not cover government services.
This page was amended on 17 December at 4.30pm