Research commissioned by the National Housing Federation and Crisis from Professor Glen Bramley at Heriot-Watt University in 2018 identified a need for 340,000 homes each year in England to 2031, including 145,000 affordable homes.
According to recent research from Turley and Tetlow King, commissioned by the LPDF, it is estimated that only 35,500 net additional affordable homes have been delivered on average in each of the last ten years.
Delivery is especially poor in the country’s largest urban centres. The largest 19, excluding London, have collectively added around 1,200 affordable homes per annum over the last ten years.
Whether there is a housing crisis or a challenge, or whether all of this is just a figment of the construction industry’s imagination, will depend upon whether you ask a single parent in emergency accommodation, a politician in electioneering mode, or Simon Jenkins. What is indisputable however is that the planning system has a huge role to play in all of this.
Why are we where we are? What are the obstacles to delivering more affordable housing and how might they be overcome?
Sam Stafford puts these questions to guests:
- Antony Pollard, Head of Economics at Turley;
- Annie Gingell, Principal Planner at Tetlow King;
- Marie Chadwick, Policy Leader at the National Housing Federation.