The sustainable communities sector covers a wide array of policy areas. This is our digest of relevant reports, consultations and articles.
Housing Minister Caroline Flint today set out the Government's latest proposals for the UK's toughest ever green standards for new housing as she unveiled a progress report on eco-towns.
The ageing of the population will be one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century for housing. This strategy sets out Communities and Local Governement's response to this challenge, their plan to create Lifetime Homes in Lifetime Neighbourhoods.

It outlines their plans for making sure that there is enough appropriate housing available in future to relieve the forecasted unsustainable pressures on homes, health and social care services.

ASC feature in the skills section of the Lifetime Neighbourhoods chapter  

» Download the strategy report from Communities and Local Governement's website
This publication is a summary of responses to the consultation on the planned establishment of the Homes and Communities Agency and the social housing regulator entitled 'Delivering Housing and Regeneration: Communities England and the future of social housing regulation'.

The publication discusses ASC's role in the Homes and Communities Agency (see responses 6 and 7)

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Government announcement that Sir Bob Kerslake will be the first Chief Executive of the new Homes and Communities Agency.

» Read the notice on the Communities and Local Government website
Three-year delivery plan setting out a programme of investment to boost the economy of the Thames Gateway. This includes delivering new jobs, expansion in further and higher education, increase in affordable housing and enhancement of the natural parks and spaces.

»  Download the plan from the Communities and Local Government website
Government response to issues emerging from the consultation on the Planning White Paper and details of next steps in relation to the Planning Bill.

» Download the full response from the Communities and Local Government website
Independent review that examines how the supply of new homes is influenced by the nature and structure of the housebuilding industry, the business models and its supply chain, including land, material and skills.

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» Read the Government's response

Local Government Association report setting out a vision for developing multi-area agreements - a local government initiative that has the potential to change the way that councils and government agencies work together.

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Government publishes bill to help address the shortage of affordable housing for first time buyers and families; make new housing greener; and give social housing tenants a better deal.

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Government action plan to enable more people to play an active role in the decisions that affect their communities.

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