Labour manifesto: Social housing pledges and an end to office-to-resi PDR

Labour today unveiled plans to boost social housing, end office-to-residential permitted development and support first-time buyers with a reformed Help to Buy.

A raft of promises in the 2019 manifesto seek to boost genuinely affordable homes with the introduction of new tenures, a public land trust and new responsibilities for Homes England.

For developers this means new taxes on overseas buyers and second homes, rent controls and a “use it or lose it” threat for stalled sites.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Housing should be for the many, not a speculation opportunity for dodgy landlords and