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RTPI evidence featured in new Select Committee report

25 April 2019

The House of Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision has today published a report featuring oral evidence submitted by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The new report, entitled Tackling Intergenerational Unfairness, comes to a number of conclusions including that the Government is not doing enough to help young people secure affordable housing.

It also recommends that ministers should consider giving local authorities much stronger powers to develop housing on publicly owned land and to borrow to fund house building.

The report concludes that the Government has also failed to ensure that the private rented sector is a viable tenure for people to live in for the long-term - tenants in the private rented sector, it says, need much greater security and stability.

RTPI Policy Officer Tom Kenny said: “I was pleased to submit oral evidence to the committee and I am delighted that the view of the RTPI has been featured in this important report.

“I made it clear that the RTPI would welcome local authorities taking a bigger role in proactively planning to meet the needs in their areas.

“I also said that a lack of resources and expertise were a problem for local authorities who were struggling to deliver the housing that their local area wanted – it’s clear that local authorities are losing through attrition by not being able to compete with the resources that developers can put in to viability negotiations.”

The aim of the committee - which was appointed in May 2018 – is to consider the long-term implications of Government policy on intergenerational fairness and provision.

Current members of the committee, chaired by Lord True, include Lord Holmes of Richmond, Lord Bichard, Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, Baroness Blackstone, Lord Price, Viscount Chandos, Baroness Thornhill, Baroness Crawley, Baroness Greengross, Baroness Tyler of Enfield and Lord Hollick.

 

You can read the full report here