Reforms to drop Section 106 requirements on housing schemes and fast track major projects through planning have become law, following Royal Assent of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.

The Government hopes the main elements of the Act will kick-start new housing and major infrastructure work. The measures are also expected to get building going on stalled housing sites by allowing the reconsideration of economically unviable requirements called Section 106 agreements, that could unblock 75,000 stalled houses.

Separately, 15,000 affordable homes will be delivered from new capital funding and the infrastructure guarantee.

The act also includes the Government’s controversial plans to allow homes extensions to be built without planning approval, so long as neighbours are consulted and agree.