Call for evidence launched on supporting new sources of housing supply

Monday 25 July 2016

An inquiry of the National Housing Taskforce run by the National CLT Network has launched a call for evidence on supporting new sources of housing supply, including small, self, custom and community-led builders. Submissions should be sent in by the 21st September 2016.

The number of house builders has halved since the early 1990s, and now just 8 builders now account for half the market. The inquiry is seeking evidence of measures that national and local government, and practitioners, could adopt in order to support more new entrants into the market, and to scale existing small providers up.

Helen Hayes MP, chair of the inquiry, said:

“We face huge challenges with families across the country worrying whether their children will be able to attend the same school next year, or whether to get involved in their local community, for the lack of suitable housing. They can’t just depend on the big volume house builders, and many might want to build or commission their own homes, individually or in groups. If Berliners can build one in six homes this way, then Londoners can too. We want to know how the government and sector could make that happen.”

Tom Chance, Policy Officer at the National Community Land Trust Network, said:

“Everybody accepts that we need a greater diversity of providers in the house building market if we are going to build the number of type of homes we need. The Government has taken steps in recent years to support self and custom build, community land trusts and other new models. We are seeking evidence and ideas to take through that open door.

“There are a lot of exciting projects on the margins of the house building sector. The question we’re posing is: how can more be encouraged, and how can they expand? We’re looking at the regulatory and legislative barriers they face, the funding programmes that help or hinder them, and the enabling infrastructure that government could create.”

The National Housing Taskforce is a sectoral and political coalition convened by the APPG for Housing and Planning and RICS. It was established to develop clear, workable proposals for both Government and industry to address the UK’s chronic shortage of housing. The inquiry into new sources of supply is one of 12 work streams under the Taskforce, and is being led by the National Community Land Trust Network, supported by the Building Social Housing Foundation.

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