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RTPI: Prime Minister's £2 billion for housing welcome but additional measures needed

05 October 2017

The Royal Town Planning Institute welcomes the £2bn bid fund announced by the Prime Minister but we still need to do more to fix the housing crisis.

 The RTPI welcomes the Government’s intention to encourage housing associations and local governments to build more affordable homes as being in the right direction of travel, with more to be done.  

RTPI President Stephen Wilkinson MRTPI cautioned:

“Whilst the announcement today of an additional £2bn bid fund for local authorities and housing associations is welcome, Government must commit to other solutions for more investment to address the housing crisis. RTPI has set out a number of solutions in our position paper “Better Planning for Affordable Housing”, including freeing up local authorities to invest in building affordable housing that includes social housing on secure tenure.  

Further we are pleased that Government acknowledges that there is a need to better resource planning authorities to improve the speed of delivery of high quality affordable housing which the country needs.  RTPI with UCL is currently researching into how local authority planners can facilitate more investment in housing”.

Speaking at the Build To Rent briefing during the Conservative Party Conference, co-hosted by the British Property Foundation and the RTPI, RTPI Chief Executive Trudi Elliott CBE MRTPI said:  

“Demand for rental and social housing is set to grow as more young people and families struggle to get on the housing ladder. Local authorities are better placed to assess the needs of local areas and communities than central government and the current trend toward devolution is positive.” 

Read: RTPI's 16 Ways to Address the Housing Crisis

Position Paper: Better Planning for Affordable Housing

Current RTPI research: Local Authority Direct Provision of Housing