A major new report has called for a fresh wave of policy initiatives to address the nation’s housing crisis.
More Homes and Better Places from the Building Social Housing Foundation argues government should build entirely new places, ranging from small developments to whole new settlements in response to the chronic housing shortage.
It urges new tax and regulatory controls to encourage development and enhance the delivery of land.
The report’s authors believe the government should work to encourage greater access to development finance and responsible mortgage lending.
And they argue the existing building stock, including empty homes and empty commercial properties, should be put to better use.
BSHF head of programme for UK housing policy and practice Jim Vine said: “The coalition government has clearly stated its intention to increase housing supply and has outlined a number of initiatives to do this. However, our analysis suggests that a greater and more co-ordinated response is required to tackle the scale of the housing supply problem.”
The report’s analysis draws on discussions between leading practitioners and academics held at St George’s House, Windsor Castle in June.