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RTPI calls for better access to land ownership information to boost housing development

Cath Ranson

The RTPI wants greater access to details of land ownership so that more land might be opened up for housing development.

Commenting on the institute’s suggestions to the Labour Party’s Lyons Housing Review, RTPI president Cath Ranson said: “We welcome the proposal that developers should register land they own and have options on – a proposal that mirrors our own report on Delivering Large Scale Housing. However, much more needs to be done to make land acquisition easier with thought given to how infrastructure links to the proposed development.”

The main focus of the institute’s input is on making more land available for housing, and ensuring that it is accompanied by the proper transport and social infrastructure.

To that end, the RTPI’s counsel also urges government departments and agencies to dispose of their land holdings in a manner that emphasises value to the wider community, as opposed to capital receipt. The RTPI added that it “recognises the important role new towns and garden cities have to play”.

Ranson said: “The housing crisis will not be solved by filling quotas of houses; we need to create places in which people want to live.”

Housing schemes should be planned along with national transport spending, she added.

The Lyons Housing Review, led by former chair of the BBC Trust Sir Michael Lyons, follows Ed Miliband’s resolution last year that a Labour government would increase the supply of new homes in England to more than 200,000 a year.