The Lyons Housing Review briefing

We’ve put together a briefing that highlights a number of the recommendations which have implications for housing associations and gives our initial response to them

16 October 2014

The Labour Party has published the Lyons Housing Review, an independent review of housing led by Sir Michael Lyons setting out a comprehensive plan to tackle the underlying causes of the housing crisis.

David Orr was a member of the expert panel and led the sub-group on investment in housing and infrastructure. The Federation hosted, attended and helped to shape the content of a number of roundtables to support the development of the Review’s recommendations and submitted evidence to the Review. Many housing associations also made independent submissions and these are referred to extensively throughout the report.

The detailed roadmap contains 39 recommendations for how the next government can increase the rate of house building to 200,000 new homes per year by 2020, proposing ways to:

  • attract small and medium sized builders back into the market
  • get councils to build homes again after forty years of decline
  • unlock the capacity and ambition of housing associations to make a much greater contribution to building the homes we need.

The report focuses on two central questions: how to increase the supply of land coming forward for development, and how to increase the number of organisations building new homes. The report also identifies the need for communities to have sufficient tools to provide the homes they need; that new homes need to come with the roads, schools and services to make for successful communities; and that housing must be a priority for capital investment from the next government.

We’ve put together a briefing that highlights a number of the recommendations which have implications for housing associations and gives our initial response to them, including

  • role of central government
  • delegation of powers, funding and responsibility to a local level 
  • garden cities
  • tenures
  • investment.