CIPFA’s Director of Local Government, Sean Nolan, responds to the Government’s housing white paper
Sean Nolan, Director of Local Government at CIPFA, said: “The move away from the long held policy of exclusively promoting home ownership is welcome. Diversifying the market has to be key to future availability.
“There are still vital roles for housing associations and councils in providing affordable housing for rent or to buy, but to do this they must be allowed greater freedom and flexibility to build new homes and replace existing stock reduced under right to buy, something that has been denied them in recent years.
“Social housing is a necessary and long-term investment that requires certainty and full control of the assets, so we welcome the opportunity to work with others on driving this forward.
“It is encouraging that the white paper gives credit to the innovative ways local authorities are working to build new homes and also that the government will look at ‘all the options’ with them for increasing supply.
“Similarly encouraging are the shorter term initiatives that are being proposed, specifically around the use of ‘completion notices’ to put pressure on developers to start building within two years. It is also worth highlighting the support for brownfield sites at the planning stage and a push for increasing smaller development sites in an attempt to engage more with builders of all sizes and not just the large national ones.”
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