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Government Housing White Paper released - CPRE's reaction

Government Housing White Paper released - CPRE's reaction Photo: © M J Richardson

7 February 2017

The Housing White Paper was published on 7 February 2017 - read CPRE's initial thoughts on the Government's reforms to the housing market.

On 7 February, the Government published its long awaited Housing White Paper “Fixing our broken housing market”, which sets out a broad range of reforms that government plans to introduce to help reform the housing market and increase the supply of new homes.

As part of the Housing White Paper, the Government is also holding a consultation on changes to planning policy and legislation in relation to planning for housing, sustainable development and the environment.

It is keen to hear from a wide range of interested parties from across the public and private sectors, as well as from the general public.

The consultation closes on 2 May. CPRE will be submitting a response and we will share our position shortly. You can respond online here.


Initial reaction from CPRE:

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) broadly welcomes today’s Housing White Paper, in particular its focus on addressing market failure in the house building industry.

Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

"We welcome the White Paper’s promise to address failings of the housing market, rather than just meddle with the planning system. Builders must build, not just sit on land. We look forward to seeing the Government’s plans to turn unused planning permissions into homes, and brownfield sites regenerated to bring new life to towns and cities.

"If the focus is on genuine need, achievable targets and good quality design that fits with the local environment, we can build the homes the country needs without losing further precious countryside."

The White Paper promises a further consultation on how local authorities should calculate housing need. For those concerned about our countryside, the outcome of this consultation is the acid test. Until local authorities are able to set realistic and deliverable housing targets, with an emphasis on meeting genuine need rather than aspirational demand, the countryside and Green Belt will continue to be threatened by poor quality and speculative development.

Shaun Spiers concluded:

"The Government has made a good start in this White Paper and Ministers should be congratulated for listening. It is vital that we build more homes, but it is also essential to do so in ways that have popular support. The focus on brownfield development and other measures in the White Paper will help with that agenda. We now look forward to measures to ensure that housing targets are reasonable, deliverable and focussed on affordability."

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