Our response to the government's planning announcements

03 August 2020

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, said:

"Our planning system must be a way of creating affordable, inclusive, sustainable and beautiful communities. We support reforms that would encourage this, but would be concerned about further deregulation that could in fact lead to the exact opposite. We're looking forward to seeing more detail on the government's proposals, and want to work with ministers and officials to shape them.

"Of course, we can't forget that it isn't just about how many homes we build, but also how affordable they are. While planning reform could help, only a once-in-a-generation public investment will allow us to build the amount of social housing the country needs. As well as providing a secure, affordable home for the people who need one most, this would also help the government to meet its building targets and support the economy to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis."

See more information about the planning announcements on the BBC here.