The Land Promoters and Developers Federation (LPDF) has launched a manifesto calling for urgent government action to end the housing crisis.
It has called for a step change in the delivery of suitable development land to build new housing, including affordable housing and an urgent programme to tackle climate change that meets people’s housing needs in sustainable locations.
The LPDF wants an ambitious programme of infrastructure provision across the country, backed by private and public funding to support the scale of new homes and jobs needed nationwide.
Paul Brocklehurst, chairman at the LPDF, said: “The housing crisis inhibits our economy – high housing costs restrict the ability of consumers to spend, whilst a lack of supply inhibits labour market mobility.
“Conversely, increased new build activity has a significantly positive multiplier effect on the economy.
“Yet just as important is the human and social cost. Research paper after research paper highlights the benefits to health and in particular mental health of good quality housing.
“It seems clear that resolving the crisis must be at the top of the political agenda of government.
“Nationally, there needs to be a cultural change as to how we view new housing and politicians at all levels of government, central and local need to prioritise the needs and views of those that don’t have a home above those that do.
“So, here at the LPDF, we have published our manifesto to address the crisis and we are calling on the new government to put housing at the top of the political agenda.”
LPDF also suggested a fully funded local authority planning process and Planning Inspectorate to deliver change.
It wants a greater appreciation of the separate and vital roles of land promoters, developers, local authorities and housebuilders in co-operating together to tackle the housing crisis.
Furthermore, LPDF has called for A Local Plan and Neighbourhood Planning process and strategic planning process at citywide and sub-regional levels.
This is where local authorities and development agencies are encouraged to work closely with the private sector to help facilitate growth and change.
It also wants a progressive, realistic environmental agenda and the government to commit to reducing inequalities.