Access to a decent and affordable home is essential for security and wellbeing and the TCPA welcomes the Government’s commitment to a White Paper on Housing.

TCPA Interim Chief Executive, Hugh Ellis, added:

The White Paper must recognise the positive role of planning in addressing the nation’s housing crisis.  In particular, it must recognise that meeting the nation’s housing needs involves more than just delivering housing units – we need to create beautiful places which offer a wide range of employment opportunities; a complete mix of housing types, including social and affordable housing; zero-carbon design; sustainable transport; vibrant parks; and local food sourcing. To make this a reality, the White Paper must recognise two things: the role of a modernised New Towns Act in providing the mechanisms for creating genuinely affordable and high quality new communities, and secondly it must recognise the role of place-making alongside housing delivery.

For more on housing and modernising the New Towns Act, see: Campaigning for new Garden Cities

Press contact: Claire Porter Claire.Porter@tcpa.org.uk / 07743 065 875