Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation on the government’s proposals for calculating local housing need as the government looks to deliver measures set out earlier this year in the housing white paper.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Javid said that if lasting change is to be made, a proper understanding of how many homes are needed, and where, is required, and the existing system “is not good enough”. He said a “consistent approach” is a necessity.
The government’s proposed approach is split into three stages...detailed in this article.
“This new approach will cut the unnecessarily complex and lengthy debates that can delay housebuilding. It will make sure we have a clear and realistic assessment of how many new homes are needed, and ensure local communities have a voice in deciding where they go.”
Let's hope so!
James Stevens from the Home Builders Federation, speaking on behalf of Housing the Powerhouse, said: “We welcome the emergence of a standard method for working out how many homes are needed in regions across the country. A new method presents an opportunity for the Government to deliver on its objective to stimulate a step-change in housing delivery to tackle the housing crisis and move development plans forward.