What does it offer for the built environment? First, more affordable housing – one-third of the annual target of 300,000 new deals should be affordable for the bottom half of the income distribution.
Second, the government should integrate the creation of health into land-use planning decision-making.
Third, local control should facilitate greater land value increases through planning decisions that put health at the center of developments with greater emphasis on things like active travel.
Fourth, regulation of accessible housing in new building regulations should be made mandatory and new net-zero ready homes should be accelerated. The committee also endorses, fifth, the call for a national housing renovation strategy incorporating strict enforcement of the proposed new standard for decent homes and a more effective replacement of the discontinued grant for green homes. It further proposes to set VAT at 0% for renovation/renovation work.
“The reports identify areas of real difficulty, such as the problem of off-grid decarbonization. Like other areas of renovation, it clearly has an important fabric-first dimension”
Finally, he argues that creating health in location creation should be the focus of all future leveling activities.
They are thoughtful and provocative pieces. The challenges facing policy and practice are many. While not all housing issues per se, there are significant housing issues related to rural affordability, second homes and other symptoms of counter-urbanization pressures for households. high income, a process certainly heightened by the pandemic.
At the same time, the reports identify areas of real difficulty, such as the problem of off-grid decarbonization. Like other areas of home improvement, it clearly has an important fabric dimension first.
We also see policy recommendations for rural planning and the creation of health services, which depend largely on local professional capacity for application and the ability to innovate and reform – at a time when capacity and enforcement are paramount, as many departments across the country, including planning, are overstretched and understaffed.
Ambition and reform must be accompanied by resources and capacities.
Ken Gibb, Professor of Housing Economics, University of Glasgow; and Director, UK Collaborative Center for Housing Evidence