While the scale of the housing shortage is still very great indeed, nevertheless planning permissions were granted on 253,000 homes in the last year. (‘Persimmon warns on election holding up housebuilding, 16 April’). The key question is how to get those permissions built out. A planning permission does not guarantee a home.
As a partner in the Homes for Britain campaign, we stand with other leading national organisations calling on the next government to publish, in its first year of office, a long-term plan to end the housing crisis within a generation. As planners we are convinced that this is going to have to involve properly resourced council planning departments and much better coordination between a future government’s policies for economic growth, transport and housing. There is no point in having in homes where there are no jobs, GPs or schools.
Trudi Elliott CBE
Royal Town Planning Institute