In an article published in Property Week today, Gavin Barwell, our newest Planning Minister, has indicated that the Government is considering rowing back from its target of delivering 200,000 Starter Homes by the end of 2020. 

Given that the Starter Homes Regulations have yet to be published, we are already in 2016 and no "official" starter homes have yet been built;  this could be seen as pragmatic. Nonetheless, it is a significant change of approach for DCLG for whom Starter Homes had been previously been a flagship policy.

In the same article, Barwell indicated that more affordable homes of all tenures would be required to tackle the housing crisis and that the private rented sector would be vital if targets were to be met. Whilst this re-commitment to encouraging more institutional investment into PRS is likely to be widely welcomed; it will be interesting to see what practical steps are taken to achieve it.  A new housing stimulus package is widely rumoured to be announced in the Autumn Statement; perhaps some of it could it be aimed at PRS?