Briefing: tackling the under-supply of housing in England
The headlines from the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham were predictable. Brexit still means Brexit – which nobody, it turns out, knows exactly what.
Less headline-grabbing but arguably more substantive was Theresa May’s announcement to remove the borrowing cap on councils to build homes.
Current projections predict that, on average, there will be a 30,000-40,000 shortfall of new housing being built annually in England until at least 2039.
Putting it bluntly, England has a housing crisis. And Westminster knows it.
In early September, a House of Commons Library paper entitled Tackling the under-supply of housing in England was published.
We at BECG have produced a briefing note on the paper, which details six key issues around the housing shortfall:
- The contribution of local authority and housing association sectors
- The suitability of land for development
- Local authority planning department funding
- Funding the planning system
- (Lack of) diversity in the planning/property market
- Construction industry efficiency
Other notable trends/observations include the significant shift towards rental and where blame lies for the housing crisis.
You can read our briefing note on Tackling the under-supply of housing in England here.
Greater Manchester leaders have announced that the next GMSF consultation will run from January to March 2019.
The GMSF final draft could be out for consultation in the next couple of weeks, if leaders give it the green light on 30 November.
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