Briefing: Westminster Hall debate on affordable housing and planning reform

By: Reshima Sharma
Published: December 2021

Briefing: affordable housing and planning reform

Across the country, a lack of genuinely affordable housing is accelerating our housing emergency. Whether it’s the tens of thousands of families living in temporary accommodation, or the renters in coastal towns priced out of their area by holiday lets and second homeowners: the affordability crisis at the heart of our housing emergency is pushing more and more people into housing insecurity.

In order to fix the housing emergency, the government must urgently start investing in and building social homes. That means:

  1. Making social housing the priority tenure within the Affordable Homes Programme.

  2. Matching levelling up investment in infrastructure pound for pound with investment in social housing.

  3. Reforming the land market and ensuring planning reforms maximise the delivery of social homes from new developments.