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LGA responds to Government 'Planning for the Future' proposal

“Councils are committed to ensuring new homes are built and communities have quality places to live."

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LGA responds to shelter research on private renting parents

Cllr David Renard, LGA housing spokesman, responds to research from Shelter showing that nearly one in five (17 per cent) private renting parents – equivalent to 458,000 adults - are now more concerned their family will become homeless as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

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LGA responds to PACAC report on infrastructure projects

“The Committee is absolutely right to say the Government’s infrastructure projects need to be more responsive to local need, with local support and local input."

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on social housing

“Housing must be a central part of the national recovery from coronavirus. Now is the time for a genuine renaissance in council house-building that reduces homelessness, gets rough sleepers off the streets for good, supports people’s wellbeing and is climate-friendly.”

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LGA responds to a report on change of use permitted development rights

“This independent report rightly backs our long-standing concerns over the detrimental impact on local communities of rules allowing home conversions without planning permission. It provides further evidence on why it is more vital than ever that planning should remain local."

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LGA responds to new laws to extend homes upwards and relaxing of planning applications

“The planning system is not a barrier to housebuilding with nine in 10 planning applications approved by councils. It gives local communities the power to shape the area they live in and provides an effective means of balancing the interests of homeowners and their neighbours.

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LGA responds to Local Government Ombudsman report on homelessness

“Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, councils have worked incredibly hard to get the overwhelming majority – nearly 15,000 – of rough sleepers into housing. This is a momentous achievement but has exacerbated funding issues."

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LGA responds to Shelter research on number of homes lost due to COVID-19

Responding to figures from Shelter showing around 84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year due to the impact of coronavirus, Cllr David Renard, LGA housing spokesman, said: “Housing must be a central part of the national recovery from coronavirus. Now is the time for a genuine renaissance in council house-building that reduces homelessness, gets rough sleepers off the streets for good, supports people’s wellbeing and is climate-friendly. “Giving councils the powers and tools to deliver a programme of 100,000 social homes a year would not only meet a third of the

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LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement

"We are pleased the Government has announced further much-needed funding to help councils continue supporting rough sleepers and keeping them off the street."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to new construction industry measures

"We are pleased the Government has acted on our call for an extension of the time given to commence planning permissions that would otherwise lapse."