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RTPI urges government to deliver housing white paper

Words: Laura Edgar
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The RTPI has urged the government to not delay in delivering the housing white paper and to set out clearly a target of delivering one million homes by focusing on practical measures that can be acted on quickly.

The institute has published a document outlining the key relevant points in the Queen’s Speech and what it regards as gaps and priorities for the government in areas including planning, housing, industrial strategy, climate change and mental health.

It comprises 12 practical points that the RTPI thinks should be implemented as soon as possible, such as permission for local authorities to sell land with planning permissions that they have granted themselves, deterring unnecessary appeals, and increasing support for neighbourhood planning.

Stephen Wilkinson, president at the RTPI, said: “Solving the housing crisis can no longer wait. Action has to be taken now. While we are heartened by the government’s commitment to implement the proposals in the housing white paper, we are disappointed that details and targets are lacking. The Conservative manifesto stated a target to build new homes and the intention to reform compulsory purchase orders to help local authorities purchase sites at closer to existing market value. Both are not mentioned in the Queen's Speech.”

The RTPI’s planning priorities include:

  • Boost local authority capacity to deliver, including raising planning fees.
  • Allow local authorities to dispose of land with the benefit of planning permission they have granted themselves.
  • Support the right to build task force
  • Ensure that housing requirement policies address the needs of a wide range of people, such as older or disabled people.

The RTPI will be writing to ministers stating the institute’s wish to see these solutions actioned, especially those measures that would boost local authorities’ capacity to deliver and cooperate with each other.

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Policy priorities for the new government (pdf)

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