Tory MPs set out ‘fresh blueprint’ for future of housing

Proposals include a “preservation of life” Act to tackle rough sleeping and enhanced support for victims of domestic abuse.

Planning blueprints

A group of 10 Conservative MPs from the 2019 intake have today (16 March) set out a blueprint for the future of housing over the next decade.

The proposals, outlined in in a post-Budget report: Valuing Housing, Improving Lives encompasses how housing policy and the planning system could be directed to supporting the most vulnerable in society.

Contributions for supporting the vulnerable include proposals for a ‘preservation of life’ Act to tackle rough sleeping; support to victims of domestic abuse and extending the housing first system to prevention first approach that sees additional spending allocated for frontline and preventative services.

The report also includes proposals for:

  • A green belt levy with additional funding directed at brownfield sites in cities and towns to make up for shortfalls in urban areas
  • A call to power up strategic planning through integrated spatial and infrastructure modelling that is directed by community engagement
  • Efforts to deliver infrastructure in line with growth
  • Giving coastal and post-industrial areas greater support for economic and social regeneration
  • Bringing brownfield land back into use and creative use of public land and resources

Contributor of the report, Natalie Elphicke MP said: “Housing has a fundamental social and economic role. It is a cornerstone of the safety net of the welfare state.

“It provides the ladders of opportunity and prosperity. Providing homes and supportive services is about so much more than bricks and mortar, it is about building the very fabric of successful and sustainable communities and supporting lives.”

Localis CEO, Jonathan Werran said: “This paper rightly sets out considered proposals which prove how housing remains the single most emotive domestic political issue of our time – striking as it does at our sense of belonging of identity – as both an individual and as part of a wider community.

“These answers to local housing are inherently capable of being unlocked within the individual contexts of people and place, and will need a multi-layered and differentiating approach.

“An approach where local leadership and solutions can be supported and co-ordinated in line with national ambitions.”

The full list of contributors includes:

  • Nickie Aiken MP, Member of Parliament for Cities of London and Westminster
  • Rob Butler MP, Member of Parliament for Aylesbury
  • Natalie Elphicke MP, Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal
  • Simon Fell MP, Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness
  • Jane Hunt MP, Member of Parliament for Loughborough
  • Jerome Mayhew MP, Member of Parliament for Broadland
  • Robin Millar MP, Member of Parliament for Aberconwy
  • Joy Morrissey MP, Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield
  • Dean Russell MP, Member of Parliament for Watford
  • David Simmonds MP, Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

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