Section: Housing Provision

New research reveals local councillors think housing crisis is getting worse

Posted 04.05.18
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Newgate Communications' Planning Committee Barometer reveals local councillors' views on planning issues with housing delivery high up the agenda - 61% think that the housing crisis is getting worse with only 8% believing it is improving.

The responsibility for the ongoing crisis is being firmly placed at the door of developers, with over half of respondents stating that slow build out rates are to blame and only 18% pointing to community opposition as the cause.

Providing affordable homes for future generations was the top concern for over two-thirds of councillors, with preserving the Green Belt a priority for only 18%.

When asked how affordability could be improved nearly 70% felt that more affordable homes needed to be delivered, with 45% stating that more homes needed to be built in general.

Only 3% said affordability was not an issue in their local authority area.


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Reporting on May 2018

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