Report: Homes for the next generation - lessons from the West Midlands

By: KPMG and Shelter  Published: October 2013


There is a chronic shortage of homes in England. This fact is now rarely disputed, yet a consensus on how to respond has not emerged. Shelter estimated in a recent report that England as a whole has a growing shortage of 100,000 to 150,000 homes per year. It is in this context that KPMG and Shelter have worked together on this project. The partnership is taking a different approach. We are starting from one particular housing system- that covered by the West Midlands’ Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) - in order to understand why it is failing to deliver the homes needed.

Summary

Over a number of months KPMG and Shelter have spoken with some of the most important players involved in the housing sector in the West Midlands. They have told us why they think not enough homes are being built and given early views on some of the policies that may be needed to close the gap.

Overall, there was a strong consensus that more homes need to be built to meet housing need and numerous examples of collaboration between different parties to improve supply. However our participants were firmly agreed that without a major intervention to change the cost and availability of land for development, we cannot expect the step-change in housing supply that is needed.

This report sets out the evidence from those meetings and points us towards the areas in which solutions will be needed to boost housing supply to meet housing need. Some of the messages we heard are challenging for current policy assumptions. Others suggest that bold new approaches will be required.

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