Response to the publication of the Revised National Planning Policy Framework

24 July 2018

In response to the publication of the Revised National Planning Policy Framework, James Prestwich, Head of Policy at the National Housing Federation, said:
“We are glad to see that the Government has reintroduced social rented homes to its definition of affordable housing. We, along with many other organisations, called for this small but important step, which will certainly help to deliver more social housing, providing homes for thousands of people in need across the country.
“We know that we need to be building at least 90,000 social rented homes every year to meet demand, following eight years of sharp government cuts. We welcome concrete proposals from the Government that help to redress this longstanding underinvestment.
“However, the Government also describes other types of housing as ‘affordable’, such as starter homes. But these are unlikely to be of any help to struggling renters or homeless families. The Government needs to focus its support and investment in social housing – this is where it is needed most.”