Expectations around this White Paper were extremely high, given our discussions with local authorities and others and the rumours circulating. Despite the indications prior to its release, that planning would be de-politicised, the political difficulties of boosting significantly housing supply nationally were evidenced by its’ content revisions and repeated delayed publication.
Much of the attention in the White Paper focuses on the failures of the planning system - a fundamental element of this being the failure to secure up to date local plan coverage across England, that meet the full objectively assessed housing need. Will we see the Secretary of State start intervening where the planning system is failing? The White Paper, also focuses on the role of the market, including land banking, suggesting measures to address this.
The effectiveness of many of the ideas/suggestions will depend on further information to published or detail in a raft of further policies the Government have already begun to consult on, but also, perhaps most importantly, the political will nationally and locally to avoid ducking difficult decisions.
So, does the White Paper really fix our broken housing market?
Following our initial response, our team has now prepared a comprehensive analysis.