Response: National Planning Policy Framework

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: October 2011

We want to see planning reform deliver housing in the right places, of the right type and at the right price to alleviate housing need. These new homes must be constructed to high design and environmental standards and be linked to existing infrastructure to minimise impact. Priority should be given to bringing old buildings into use and developing brown-field sites, but some new building on green sites will inevitably be required. Most importantly, if we are to address the growing housing crisis, there must be a priority given in the planning system to the delivery of truly affordable and accessible homes.


At the core of many of the problems we see - ranging from people unable to access social housing, to people renting from rogue landlords to mortgage repossession cases - is the chronic lack of affordable, secure and decent homes, particularly in the social sector.


Therefore, Shelter strongly welcomes the Framework's statement that 'The Government's key housing objective is to increase significantly the delivery of new homes.  Everyone should have the opportunity to live in high quality, well designed homes, which they can afford, in a community where they want to live'.


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