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Government must be bold in broadening its approach

Date: 15/11/2016

A joint statement by members of the Lyon's Housing Commission, including POS Past President Malcolm Sharp, calls for the Government to act boldly and initiate a sustained step change.

The statement says "Faced with the consequences of decades of failure to build the homes the country needs, public concern about housing is now at the highest it has been for 40 years. In the two years since the Lyon's Housing Commission published its review of housing supply, tackling the housing crisis has risen up the national political agenda and is firmly embedded as a top priority for government.  David Cameron called for a national crusade on house building and an ambition to build one million additional new homes over the period from 2015-20.  But, despite a suite of new policies, a new Housing and Planning Act and a further Planning Bill in the offing, current projections suggest we will fall far short of the target.

"Demand-side solutions and policies to support home ownership, such as the 'Help to Buy' scheme and the Starter Homes initiative will not on their own address the structural challenges of the housing market.  That will require a greater attention on policies to increase supply and have a focus beyond home ownership.  The economic uncertainty as the country prepares for Brexit presents further risks to housing supply as the boom and bust cycles of the last three decades has shown. Without a more comprehensive approach housebuilding will continue to slavishly follow the fortunes of the wider economy. 

"For the new Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid and Minister for Housing, Gavin Barwell, a sustained step change in house building will be critical to the health of the national economy and to improving the quality of life for current and future generations. The Government has the opportunity in the forthcoming Housing White Paper and the Industrial Strategy to develop a more comprehensive approach that is capable of driving a sustained increase in the quantity, quality and affordability of new homes being built."

  • read the statement in full
  • the members of the commission who prpeared the statement are:
    • Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association
    • Bill Hughes, Head of Real Assets at Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM)
    • Grania Long, formerly Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing, now Chief Executive, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    • Simon Marsh MBE, Head of Sustainable Development, RSPB
    • David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
    • Richard Parker, Partner and Head of Housing, PwC
    • Malcolm Sharp MBE, Past President Planning Officers Society
    • Cllr Ed Turner, Deputy Leader, Oxford City Council and Senior Lecturer, Aston University
    • Prof. Cecilia Wong, Professor of Spatial Planning, University of Manchester
    malcolm-sharp-pos.jpg Malcolm Sharp
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