A national housing emergency

Wednesday 29 July 2015  / Ruth Montia

The government have announced a new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and planning to address what its calling “the national housing emergency” and is to be serviced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The All Party Parliamentary Group will be chaired by Conservative MP James Cartlidge and the said official objective is “recommending wide-ranging, innovative solutions to reshape the housing market: increasing the housing stock for both rental and private ownership, and speeding up building of sustainable housing in the UK, which now faces an annual shortfall of 130,000 homes.”

The group will consist of four vice-chairs:

Mark Prisk – who is a Tory MP and has previously worked for Knight Frank, Labour MPs Helen Hayes and Stephen Pound and finally Cross-bench lord Richard Best- president of the Local Government Association.

Chairman for the group James Cartlidge says “Housing is increasingly becoming one of the most critical policy challenges facing local and national government and with a Housing Bill pending, it is likely to become more political and controversial”.

He goes on to say that “Having spent my working life in the shared ownership housing sector, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing first time buyers, particularly in London. Equally, as a rural MP, I recognise the need for development to be sustainable. Ultimately, there are a whole raft of complex issues in housing and planning today but I hope that our APPG can make a real contribution to the debate”.

The APPG will aim to deliver its first set of recommendations later on this year.