The Land Promoters & Developers Federation (LPDF) have released a 10-point manifesto calling for the Government to end the current UK housing crisis.
With only a few days to go before December 12th’s General Election, the LPDF has called on the incoming Government to implement a variety of measures to help housebuilders achieve the lofty new home-completion target, and end what it calls a “generational injustice”.
As of June 2019, there were only 173,660 new build dwellings completed – falling far short of the ambitious 300,000 new home per-year target that the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, Saajid Javid committed to following the 2017 Budget.
Commenting on the housing crisis, LPDF Chairman Paul Brocklehurst (pictured) said: “The housing crisis inhibits our economy – high housing costs restrict the ability of consumers to spend, whilst a lack of supply inhibits labour market mobility.
“Conversely, increased new build activity has a significantly positive multiplier effect on the economy. Yet just as important is the human and social cost. Research paper after research paper highlights the benefits to health and in particular mental health of good quality housing.”
LPDF believe that the changes outlined in their manifesto (included in full at the end of the article), are urgently needed to enable the sufficient delivery of both new and affordable homes.
Launched last year, the LPDF is working with the Government, local authorities and communities to help deliver new homes across the country.
Chairman Paul Brocklehurst adds: “It seems clear that resolving the crisis must be at the top of the political agenda of Government. Nationally, there needs to be a cultural change as to how we view new housing, and politicians at all levels of Government – central and local-, need to prioritise the needs and views of those that don’t have a home above those that do.
“So, here at the LPDF, we have published our manifesto to address the crisis, and we are calling on the new government to put housing at the top of the political agenda.”
Step 1 – A step-change in the delivery of suitable development land to build sufficient new housing, of all types and tenures, including affordable housing to help address Britain’s current housing crisis, support economic growth and to create attractive places.
Step 2 – An urgent programme to tackle climate change, both globally and locally, (based upon empirical evidence), but which acknowledges the need for development and change to meet peoples’ housing needs in sustainable locations close to where the need arises.
Step 3 – A greater appreciation of the separate and vital roles of land promoters, developers, housebuilders and local authorities in co-operating together and contributing positively to the development process and tackling the housing crisis.
Step 4 – A strategic planning process at citywide and sub-regional levels where local authorities and development agencies are encouraged to work closely with the private sector to help facilitate growth and change.
Step 5 – A Local Plan and Neighbourhood Planning process which is charged with the responsibility to deliver sufficient sites to flexibly address the opportunities, demands, needs and challenges within local communities in a sustainable manner.
Step 6 – A progressive but realistic environmental agenda which conserves resources promotes sustainable design and upholds high standards of quality and best practice in the development industry.
Step 7 – A firm Government commitment to reducing regional inequalities, with the aim of creating a more efficient distribution of employment, investment, housing and infrastructure to deliver change and improve places.
Step 8 – An ambitious programme of infrastructure provision across the whole country, backed by private and public funding to support the scale of new homes and jobs needed nationwide.
Step 9 – A fully funded local authority planning process and Planning Inspectorate with a brief to deliver change and with a ‘can-do’ philosophy designed to attract initiative, investment and prosperity and achieve results.
Step 10 – A simpler and fairer system of development infrastructure funding which incentivises developers, businesses and other wealth providers to invest in growth and change.