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HBF manifesto calls on local politicians to tackle housing crisis

Under the new Localism-based planning system, local councillors are now clearly empowered to determine the provision of housing in their areas. With this power comes responsibility for ensuring that as well as generating economic activity they are meeting their communities’ housing requirements, including for young families and older generations.

Among the measures requested in the manifesto, HBF is asking councillors to pledge to immediately draw up Local Development Plans to ensure a sufficient supply of viable land for housing.

HBF has also called on councillors to work with home builders to reduce the cost, complexity and uncertainty of regulation that is preventing the building of more homes.

Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of HBF said;

"The coalition Government is giving Local Authorities the powers and the responsibility to house the nation. With the lowest levels of house building for 90 years, vast social housing waiting lists alongside an increasing population and the virtual disappearance of the first time buyers, we recognise it’s not an easy job.

"We are asking Local Authorities to take this responsibility seriously, to put viable local plans in place without delay; work with house builders to remove regulation and red tape and enable the industry to build the homes the country needs. In return they will reap the benefits through local economic growth, new jobs created and investment from central Government”

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