Boris Johnson launched his ‘build, build, build’ approach to social and economic recovery in a speech on 30 June, and included a significant focus on housing.
The key housing announcements he made were:
We’ve welcomed the Prime Minister’s focus on housing and the commitment to look at public land use, but raised concerns that relaxing planning laws could lead to poorer quality homes. We also called for more detail on - and a strong commitment to - social rented homes as part of the AHP.
We spoke with the Housing Minister, Chris Pincher, after the Prime Minister’s speech and emphasised the urgent need for clarity over the new programme. We also made the case for flexibility in the current programme and the vital role social rent should play as part of the affordable housing mix.
We’ve been engaging closely with ministers and officials over the past few months on the AHP, including holding a roundtable with the Housing Minister, meeting officials from Number 10, Treasury and MHCLG, writing to the Chancellor, and more. We will now build on this engagement to press for more detail on the AHP and the planning reform, as well as work to mitigate any risks. We will update members when we know more.
Through our Homes at the Heart campaign, we will also continue to work with members to build a strong case for transformational investment in social housing to be at the heart of the national recovery.