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Planning policy must reflect scale of crisis

On top of this, healthy housing supply is critical to an efficient and prosperous economy, while house building is one of our biggest domestic employers.  

To start to tackle the housing crisis and drive economic recovery across the country the planning system needs to become truly pro-growth.

These recommendations make a considerable contribution, on which Government can build as it finalises its own draft NPPF for consultation in July.

For the NPPF to succeed, it is crucial that the definition of ‘sustainable development’ reflects the huge economic benefits of housing provision, as well as the vital social role housing plays for children, families and older generations.

While it is important for local people to be empowered, alongside their elected representatives, the National Planning Policy Framework must make clear that the viability of new housing is a critical consideration in the planning process.

Further clarity is required as to how planning decisions that span local authority boundaries will be governed. A strong duty to co-operate is needed so that planning authorities fully accept their housing responsibilities – especially in thriving areas that are constrained by tight urban boundaries.

Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of HBF said;

"The NPPF will be the most important planning document since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 and it is vital that that Government gets it right.

"If Government is serious about tackling our housing crisis, now is the time to prove it.  It needs to deliver a planning system that creates real economic growth alongside the homes our country desperately needs.”

"At the centre of the new NPPF must be the social and economic benefits of development, the hundreds of thousands of jobs created and the families, young and old, provided with a roof over their heads.

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