Housing investment is welcome - but planning reform is the missing link

Jonathan Layzell Stonewater

The chancellor’s schemes must be backed by a move to a “zonal” planning system, says housing association development director Jonathan Layzell

Last week’s ‘build, build, build’ speech last week by the prime minister has been followed this week by confirmation by the chancellor of significant public investment in housing.

The £3bn for green retrofitting and the £50m social housing pilot presents an incredible opportunity to improve energy-efficiency and tackle fuel poverty in our existing homes. The £12bn, five-year Affordable Homes Programme is very welcome and will help the construction of 180,000 affordable homes across England. The long-term nature of this funding allows us to plan longer-term and invest in more strategic land.

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