Affordable housing provision should be waived to boost the supply of new private rented housing, according to Sir Adrian Montague's long-awaited review of investment in the private rental market.
Housing minister Grant Shapps has voiced his support for the review insisting that the findings offer both a "blueprint" for achieving the government's goal of increasing the supply of new homes in the private rented sector.
But the report's recommendation has been slammed by some property professionals.
"While we agree that there needs to be more private market rented housing, this should not be at the expense of affordable homes," said David Orr, chief executive of National Housing Federation.
"Therefore we don't think private rental developments should normally be exempt from affordable housing contributions," he added.
Rod Cahill, chief executive, Catalyst Housing, commented: "It is a thoroughly bad idea to promote market rent provision instead of, rather than in addition to, affordable new homes - especially in London."
Affordable homes in London
Up to 58 affordable homes will be developed as part of high-rise towers in the Vauxhall Nine Elms area of London, after planning consent was finally granted by Communities secretary Eric Pickles this week.
Affordable new homes in Perth and Kinross
Robertson has completed construction work on 19 affordable homes in the Perth and Kinross village of Alyth, Scotland. The 19 properties within the Alyth Development form part of 120 affordable homes planned for the Perth and Kinross Council area.
New affordable homes in Salford
Hundreds of affordable homes will be developed in Salford as part of the large-scale £430m regeneration of Pendleton. Salford City Council has approved plans for up to 1,600 new homes.
Affordable new homes in Northumberland
Plans to build 25 new affordable homes on a vacant field on Rothbury Road have been put forward by developer Two Castles Housing Association. The new homes would be aimed primarily at locals.
Affordable homes in Devon
West Devon Borough Council has awarded planning consent for the construction of 11 affordable homes in North Tawton. The scheme for the two and three bedroom units on land adjacent to Barkers Way was given unanimous support by councillors at a planning committee meeting last week.
New affordable homes in Bourne
Construction of 20 affordable homes in Bourne Road, Morton, is on schedule. The development, which is being built by Larkfleet Homes, will feature 12 two-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom bungalows and two four-bedroom houses. Some of the new homes will be available for shared ownership.