Councils should become 'housing delivery enablers', suggests new Governement report
Councils can play a greater role in getting the country building, an independent review has found.
In their report to the government, Natalie Elphicke and Councillor Keith House argue for councils to be put at the heart of providing more homes across all tenures in their local area.
Under their proposals, councils would become “housing delivery enablers” – assessing the housing need of their area, working with businesses, housing associations and others to provide the homes their residents want and need to build strong and sustainable communities.
In particular, the report urges councils to consider how they can actively support smaller and start-up housing businesses locally – whether with land, finance or training.
Ms Elphicke and Councillor House also urge the government to take steps to support councils as they take on this new role.
Natalie Elphicke said:
All hands are needed on deck. Unlocking councils will help to deliver the homes we need and get more young people onto the housing ladder.
We have talked for a decade. There have been many great reforms. Now it’s time for councils to foster a homebuilding revolution.
Councils hold the key to shake up the status quo and to get Britain building.
Councillor Keith House said:
We have seen some inspiring examples of councils driving housing for their areas, particularly where they have set up housing companies to drive forward housebuilding. With skills and confidence, more councils can help to deliver that step-change in housing supply.
Councils will be central to a successful step-change in housebuilding. It’s now time for action not words. Our report sets out how that can happen.
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