Labour hears homes sector reforms veto

House builders have little desire for a major planning shake-up to solve the supply and demand gap, research launched at the Labour Party conference has found.

A discussion paper published by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) this week compiled views from more than 100 senior representatives across the housing sector.

It says that while improvements to the applications process outlined in the Killian-Pretty review are needed, the government should avoid any major planning reforms which would create uncertainty and disrupt supply.

"There is little appetite for change," author David Pretty said. "Also, the current target regime only measures a small part of the process, from validation to committee decision, which is of little help to home builders."

The report predicts that housing completions this year will be less than 100,000, a 40 per cent drop from its recent peak. With demand increasing there could be a total shortfall of one million houses in England by the end of next year.

The report also recommends more land release and better management of supply, including greenfield sites, and more support for rescheduling section 106 deals. "We will be drawing the findings to the attention of all the major political parties," TCPA chief executive Gideon Amos added.

Mind the Gap - Housing Supply in a Cold Climate is available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc


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