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What might the Tories have in store for architecture?

Following the Conservatives’ election victory, the AJ takes a look at what the party pledged for the built environment

1425565_Cameron.jpgOn the 8th May the Tories succeeded in taking a narrow majority in the House of Commons, meaning David Cameron will lead the country for another five years. As a result the party’s controversial plans to revive Margaret Thatcher’s right-to-buy scheme are set to become a reality.

Contained within the Tory’s manifesto, the proposals to bring back the scheme were widely slammed by the industry when they were announced in the party’s manifesto.

The policy would be paid for by forcing councils to sell off their most valuable properties from their remaining housing stock, which the party believes would raise around £4.5 billion a year.

New measures set to be introduced include an upscaling of the coalition’s Housing Zones programme to more than double the number of properties set to be delivered with local authorities playing a greater role in aiding the development of existing brownfield sites.

Local authorities would be required to ensure 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020. It plans to use these housing policies to build a further 400,000 new homes on brownfield sites while also doubling the number of self-build properties.

We are also likely to see an increase in free schools – the party pledged in its manifesto to open a further 500 free schools in the next five years but there was no confirmation of the extent of schools capital funding. 

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