Surveyors criticise slow homes policy

Slow government progress in determining future housing policy is holding back the delivery of homes, surveyors have warned.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said that "extended deliberations" over last year's proposals by Kate Barker to improve housing supply are creating a climate of uncertainty. It issued a checklist of policy areas for the government to tackle in its response to Barker.

Chief executive Louis Armstrong said: "A clear direction for housing is needed, one that gives certainty for investors who need clarity about planning, land assembly, regional policy and infrastructure."

The Law Commission outlined how compulsory purchase order (CPO) rules could be changed to encourage their greater use last year. But RICS policy chief William Tew complained that the government is yet to respond to the recommendations.

"The government must give a clear signal to public bodies that they should be using CPOs," he added. The ODPM intends to respond to the Barker review by the end of the year.

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