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What more can be done to build the homes we need?

Date: 19/6/2017

Twelve essays have been published in a new book "What more can we do to build the homes we need?" contributed by individuals who were either part of the original Lyons Housing Commission or closely associated with it.

Malcolm Sharp's contribution builds on the Lyons Review's detailed discussion of land release and the planning framework. He picks up not only the continuing concerns about staffing levels and skills in planning departments, but also the continuing debate about 'land banking', and whether there should be stronger sanctions to ensure that land is developed once it has planning permission.

Ministers fully understand the difficulties of encouraging communities to agree to development if they in turn can point to permissioned land which is not being developed. Malcolm underlines that the problem is less likely to be with the housebuilders, who are normally eager to build once they have a permission, than with others seeking to hold land for speculation.

He makes the case for stronger measures to capture uplifts in land value, and real teeth in legislation to make sure that land with permission is brought forward.

  • read the whole book
  • Malcolm Sharp MBE spent 42 years in local government, is a past president of the Planning Officers Society and was awarded the MBE for services to town planning in 2016. He now works as a consultant advising local authorities as well as being chair of Nottingham City Homes.

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