The House of Lords have accepted the Government amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which sets a duty on the Secretary of State to review minimum energy performance requirements. It replaces the Lords’ amendment to reintroduce the central, carbon compliance element of the Zero Carbon Homes standard.
The review is described as “a full and comprehensive review of energy standards based on cost effectiveness and the impact on housing supply”. A briefing prepared by the House of Commons Library on the Housing and Planning Bill has been published which includes information about carbon compliance.
On publication, the Government said the Bill would kick-start a “national crusade to get 1 million homes built by 2020” and transform “generation rent into generation buy.”
The supply-side measures in the Bill are primarily focused on speeding up the planning system with the aim of delivering more housing. There is also a clear focus on home ownership, with measures to facilitate the building of Starter Homes; self/custom build housing; and the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants following a voluntary agreement with the National Housing Federation (NHF).