With only 54 days to go, housing was hot this week with a number of announcements from DCLG and other organisations but the political parties were relatively quiet on built environment issues.
The Chartered Institute of Housing released analysis showing that young people and those on lower incomes are paying the price for the UK’s broken housing market. While there was reporting that new household projections could be underestimating the scale of housing need. Research published by DCLG, showed public opposition to new homes in England halved between 2010 and 2014.
The RTPI has been vocal about the housing crisis and partnered with 7
other organisations to form Homes for Britain. For the month of March posters reminding politicians everyday about the cost of the housing crisis are covering Westminster tube station (pictured here with our Chief Executive, Trudi Elliott). There are many ways you can get involved, including supporting the rally on 17 March.
The BBC were also interested in housing this week, it aired the second in its four part Panorama series on what home means in modern Britain and a Radio 4 program, ‘Costing the Earth’, about housing and green belt.
DCLG also announced a new fund to support custom build homes and their consultation on building more homes on brownfield land closed, read our response.
An Institute for Fiscal Studies report shows that local authority planning and development services have experienced the largest cuts of any local government service area since 2010, reinforcing one of our 10 election asks for adequate resourcing for local planning authorities.
Though not strictly related to the general election, the Mayor of London this week released the latest version of the London Plan, a city wide planning strategy to deliver “the economic, environmental, transport and social improvements that London will need over the next 20 years”. I wonder if he’s seen our Strategic Planning policy paper?
Still hooked on housing? RSVP for this Thames Valley Young Planners’ Network event on housing growth in Oxfordshire in the next parliament. Or if a debate is more your thing head along to Build a Better Britain - the Hastings debate. Let me know if you've got an election related event and we'll promote it here next week.
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See you all again next week.