Policy paper

Planning for the future

Sets out the government's plans for housing and planning following the announcements in the 2020 Budget.



In the Budget given on 11 March 2020, the Chancellor outlined new funding for:

  • an extension of the Affordable Homes Programme with a new, multi-year settlement of £12 billion
  • over £1 billion of allocations from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to build nearly 70,000 new homes in high demand areas across the country
  • nearly £650 million of funding to help rough sleepers into permanent accommodation

The government’s plans for house-building, and tackling rough sleeping are here shown in more detail.

Planning for the future: consultation

On 6 August 2020 we launched our Planning for the future consultation which proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

Published 12 March 2020