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RTPI demands better access to land ownership information to boost housing development

Words: Laura Chubb
Cath Ranson
The RTPI is calling for better access to land ownership information so that more land might be opened up for housing development.
Commenting on the institute's recommendations 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 recommendations also urge 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 current housing crisis will not be solved by filling quotas of houses; we need to create places in which people want to live."
The RTPI president said new housing schemes should be planned alongside national transport spending.
The Lyons Housing Review, led by former chairman of the BBC Trust Sir Michael Lyons, follows the announcement last year by Ed Miliband that a Labour government would increase the supply of new homes in England to more than 200,000 a year.