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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Starter Homes for First-Time Buyers (England)
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7643
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the Government's starter homes initiative. The homes will be available at a minimum 20% discount on market value to first-time buyers under the age of 40. The paper outlines legislative provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to enact the initiative, together with planning policy reforms and a £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund to support starter homes delivery. The starter homes initiative only applies in England.
Housing and Homes
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0085
On 15 May 2018, there will be a General Debate on Housing and Homes. The Library has published numerous briefing papers on housing issues and a selection of relevant papers is provided below.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0044
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the conclusions and recommendations contained within the House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee’s final report published in February 2016, and the Government’s response.

Topics: Housing, Planning

Implementation of the Housing and Planning Act 2016
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8229
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016. This briefing paper outlines progress in implementing the Act's provisions.
What is affordable housing?
Published Monday, March 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7747
This Commons Library briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It also examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
Investment in local infrastructure to secure new homes in the East Midlands
Published Monday, March 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0077
On 20 March 2018 there will be a debate in Westminster Hall on investment in local infrastructure to secure new homes in the East Midlands. The debate is sponsored by Lee Rowley MP.
Tackling the under-supply of housing in England
Published Monday, March 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7671
This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It has been updated to include proposals in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and subsequent developments.
Estimates - Spending of the Department of Transport
Published Friday, February 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0050
The new-style Estimates day debates provides the House with an opportunity to explore and scrutinise in more detail the DfT’s spending plans and priorities.
Housing, Planning and the Green Belt
Published Monday, February 5, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0032
This pack has been produced ahead of the debate to be held of the General Debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Tuesday 6 February 2018 on Housing, Planning and the Green Belt. The subject for this debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee.
Local Growth Deals
Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
City Deals
Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07158
This note provides an overview of City Deals, with details on the 31 that have been successfully negotiated since July 2012.
Green Belt
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00934
This briefing from the House of Commons library examines some of the controversy about the Green Belt in England and how policy towards the Green Belt might change.
Unauthorised encampments
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0176
A Westminster Hall debate on Unauthorised encampments is scheduled for Thursday 12 October 2017 at 1.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Wendy Morton MP.
Availability and Affordability of Housing
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0067
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in advance of the debate on 12 October 2017 in the House of Lords on the availability and affordability of housing.

Topic: Planning

New housing design
Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0153
MPs will debate new housing design in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 5 September 2017 from 11.30am to 1pm . The debate will be opened by Neil Parish MP. This House of Commons Library debate pack outlines design policy and issues and provides some of the media and parliamentary coverage.

Topics: Housing, Planning

Urban Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0026
This brief provides an overview of the ecosystem service contributions of urban biodiversity and green infrastructure and the challenges for improving their provision - complementing POSTnote 538 on Green Space and Health.
Calling in a planning application
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00930
The Secretary of State has powers to "call-in" a planning application and "recover" a planning appeal, to determine it himself. This note explains these powers further.

Topic: Planning

Planning for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06881
Before the 2017 general election the previous Government published a draft Airports National Policy Statement. Find out more about the next steps for this if taken forward and about the national infrastructure planning framework in this briefing paper.

Topic: Planning

Houses in multiple occupation & planning restrictions
Published Saturday, July 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05414
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the powers English and Welsh local authorities have to use the planning system to limit the development of new houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

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