Labour would hand local councils the power to ban the sale of new-build homes for buy-to-let if it wins the next election.
Unveiling Sir Michael Lyon’s report into housing today, leader Ed Miliband said housing would play a “bigger role” under Labour.
Under Miliband’s plan councils could designate “housing growth areas” where specific rules and targets can be imposed on new homes to ensure developments benefit communities.
The report says it will allow councils to stop homes being sold for buy-to-let or if they are going to be left empty.
Instead it will hand councils the power to reserve a proportion of homes – such as 50 per cent – for first-time buyers for a period of two months.
The plan commits Labour to building 200,000 homes a year by 2020 alongside a target for doubling the number of first-time buyers over the next decade.
Miliband says: “We will make sure communities get the benefit from new home development by guaranteeing that where communities take the lead in bringing forward additional developments, a significant proportion of homes on those sites cannot be bought by anyone before first-time buyers from the area have been given the chance.
“This is not only a fairer system, it is also one which will encourage local communities and local authorities to support the development that our country so desperately needs.”