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A new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning has been created to address the UK’s “national housing emergency”.
The APPG for Housing and Planning, previously Chaired by Tim Yeo MP, will be Chaired by James Cartlidge, Conservative MP for South Suffolk, and tasked with recommending wide-ranging, innovative solutions to reshape the housing market: increasing the housing stock for both rental and private ownership, and speeding up building of sustainable housing in the UK, which now faces an annual shortfall of 130,000 homes.*
The APPG will consist of MPs from a range of urban and rural constituencies. James will be supported by four Vice-Chairs; Mark Prisk MP (Conservative MP for Hertford and Stortford and former Housing Minister), Helen Hayes MP (Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and former Town Planner), Lord Richard Best (Cross Bench MP and President of the Local Government Association) and Stephen Pound MP (Labour MP for Ealing North).
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will take the lead role in supporting the group as Secretariat.
James Cartlidge MP said: “Housing is increasingly becoming one of the most critical policy challenges facing local and national Government, and with a Housing Bill pending, it is likely to become more political and controversial. In this context, a cross-party Parliamentary group focused objectively on the national policy challenge of housing offers a vehicle for taking the debate forward in a way that is both positive and constructive. Having spent my working life in the shared ownership housing sector, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing first time buyers, particularly in London. Equally, as a rural MP, I recognise the need for development to be sustainable.”
RICS Chief Executive, Sean Tompkins said: “We currently need to build in the region of 245,000 homes every year if we are to address the UK’s housing crisis, but the solutions we need must be innovative and wide-ranging, but also grounded within a political framework which allows them to be implemented.”
Originally formed under the last Parliament, the APPG for Housing and Planning will look to deliver its first set of recommendations later this year.