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RTPI letter to the Times on planning and house building

14 July 2015

 

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Sir

Solving  the problem of creating more homes (‘Here’s how to build a homeowning Britain’, 4 July) requires multiple solutions, such as increasing access to mortgage finance, improving transport and infrastructure, and encouraging the house builders to build more homes.

Planners are playing their part. Government figures released last week, show that In the year to March, councils across England granted planning permission for 261,000 new homes - the highest annual total for 8 years. 

We consider it is essential that the delivery of housing is accompanied by adequate transport and social infrastructure provision. We believe local authorities should form voluntary groupings in geographic areas of city-region or county scale to agree housing numbers and other strategic matters in alignment with strategic economic plans and city deals. Central government can help to drive  this forward with strong but conditional incentives in transport, health and skills/education spending.

The current housing crisis will not be solved simply by filing quotas of houses; we need to create places where people want to live.

 

Janet Askew

President

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)