CLA launches a call for action to tackle housing crisis

22 January 2014

Urgent action is needed to resolve a housing crisis that is blighting a generation, according to a major new CLA policy document ‘Tackling the Housing Crisis in England’.

The report tackles the shortfall in housing supply of some 230,000 homes a year - a situation which CLA members are in a position to help change, and sets out CLA housing policy for the next five years.

The Association says the inability to bring land forward for housing development has been a key factor behind long-term housing undersupply.

CLA Midlands regional director Caroline Bedell said: “Housing growth drives economic growth and we must look at how we can provide more homes for people living and working in rural areas to help keep those communities viable.”

Among the 17 detailed recommendations in the report, the CLA outlines how it wants to see new homes for first time buyers and those looking to downsize; more retirement homes that will enable farm holdings to pass to a younger generation, helping clear a tenancy logjam that is hampering the future of farming; and changes to a tax regime which is seen as a fundamental block to new housing supply.

Mrs Bedell concluded: “Our recommendations reflect a world where you no longer have to live in an urban location to work effectively. Together with improvements to transport policy and rural broadband, our proposals will help level development land values across the country, and deliver a living, working countryside.”

Download Tackling the Housing Crisis in England: CLA Policy on Securing and Increasing Housing Supply in England 2013-2018