The Housing Forum has produced a ten-point advisory plan for the Government to ensure its 250,000 homes per annum target is met.
The pan-industry group’s report, entitled ‘Future proofing housing supply’, proposes all planning applications with less than 250 homes should be dealt with by the officers, rather than elected officials. It also calls for a greater cross-party political and industry consensus moving forward.
The report includes 10 suggestions that work in conjunction with the proposals set out in the recent Government Housing White Paper which proposed more funding for affordable homes; a planning system focused on creating new homes; a strengthened build-to-rent market; the release of public land and a renewed focus on the skill shortage.
The Housing Forum released to 10 point plan to secure an increased housing supply over the longer-term:
Stephen Teagle, Chief Executive, Partnerships and Regeneration, Galliford Try and Deputy Chairman, The Housing Forum, has commented: “The Government’s focus on supply through a broad range of measures is welcome and will contribute to lifting the supply of new homes we need.
This report takes that ambition a stage further- calling for renewed leadership at a local level, greater investment and a strengthened platform for collaboration to future-proof delivery over the next decade.”
Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive of The Housing Forum added: “If the housing supply is truly to be turned on to full, then still more needs to be done to overcome the challenges that exist in the market and create a benign and sustainable environment for housebuilding. We appreciate that some of our solutions are radical departures from the status quo. But we have been tinkering at the edges for too long.”
The Housing Forum is a cross-sector organisation that represents the interest of the 150 organisations within the housing supply chain.