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We promote sustainable communities where sufficient and appropriate housing is well integrated with the wider community infrastructure.

Our viewpoint

We are very much aware that building rates have not been keeping pace with demographic change and the rate of deterioration in existing housing.

The RTPI believes that local development plans are the proper place for competing demands for land to be resolved and therefore where land allocations for additional housing, balanced with redevelopment of worn out uses, should be made.

Research has previously identified that there is more land allocated for housing than current programmes are using and this would indicate the need for better working between the finance and construction sectors to increase the pace of new construction to meet evident need, including the appropriate element of social housing with assistance from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Latest news & consulations

  • The Lyons Report 'Mobilising across the nation to build the homes our children need' has now been published.
  • CIL: Is it delivering? This report, by consultancy Savills says that charging authorities saw a 49% drop in new residential planning consents in the 12 months following the implementation of CIL.
  • DCLG has launched its consultation on final proposals for implementing the conclusions of the Housing Standards Review for England.
  • Social housing approvals were down by 44% across Great Britain year-on-year, according to research by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).
  • Wolfson Prize: The 21st Century Garden City winner has been announced - Uxcester by David Rudlin of Urbed.
  • Silent Majority: Research from the Fabian Society shows that 93% of the population feels that the UK housing system is not functioning correctly.
  • The British Property Federation (BPF) is urging all political parties to commit to a full revaluation of Council Tax suggesting that additional income generated by reform be spent on affordable housing.
  • Allowable solutions: The Government has published the results of a consultation into proposals to allow house builders to meet carbon reduction targets off-site
  • Housing Zones in London will focus investment on brownfield land and infrastructure.

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