Government Supports Half of all Housebuilding in England
There is a growing concern that the UK Governments’ future strategies are failing to link up and support each other.
With the end of the recent consultation of the Industrial Strategy green paper, which intended to seek better alignment of housing, infrastructure and economic plans setting out the ten pillars of a better future strategy, a number of concerns have been raised that it doesn’t align and fails to address and work with other strategies.
The RTPI response to the green paper highlights this. The RTPI welcomes the idea of a more coordinated and directional approach to economic planning while at the same time stressing that this fails to respond to and compliment the governments’ strategies on housing and the environment.
A prime example is the Housing White Paper, released in February 2017, which made reference to and put a lot of relevance on the UK’s industrial strategy stating that “in line with the industrial strategy, we will boost productivity, innovation, sustainability and skills by encouraging modern methods of construction in house building” while requiring a lot from the strategy as well. Meanwhile the Industry Strategy only goes so far as to discuss construction skills but not the construction industry.
In addition there is increased uncertainty as to the impact the Industry Strategy will have on the housing market. The Strategy intend to encourage growth across the whole of England, there is no indication as to what the effects on the housing needs across the country will change and in turn how this will impact the market. For all the grand plans and future strategies that are being proposed there appears very little joined up thinking of how it will affect the planning community.