Housing White Paper Delayed Again ‘for a few weeks more work’

Property Week

Communities secretary Sajid Javid told MPs in November that the document, which was initially supposed to be published before the end of last year, was “due to be published in January”.

The government had earmarked January 30th for the release, but multiple sources told Property Week that the document will now be published next month instead. One source said Theresa May’s team believed it needed “a few weeks more work”.

“It was delivered to No 10 [Downing Street] this week and they view it as not ready for publication and needing a few weeks more work,” the source said.

“It’s seriously bad going from the DCLG [Department for Communities and Local Government] to get to this position so late in the day.”

The document is set to lay out the government’s housing strategy for the foreseeable future, and is expected to contain punitive measures for developers aimed at speeding up delivery.

It will also encourage local authorities to deliver more detailed plans for housing in their area and speed up the local planning process.

DCLG said the document will be published “shortly”.

Household Projections Transfer – First step in ‘De-politicising Planning’

ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have agreed that ONS will take responsibility with immediate effect for the production and publication of the household projections in England, previously produced by DCLG. We hope that this transfer of responsibility will further improve the consistency between the household projections and the national and subnational population projections and allow us to make some efficiencies in their production.

Yesterday Gavin Barwell gave a speech where one of the four priorities for the Housing White Paper was ‘Depoliticising Planning’  Some hope in that but it does help with housing numbers when local authorities and campaigners can no longer say ‘numbers imposes by SoS’.  As I have long argued abolishing the NHAPAU would be a move the government would swiftly come to regret.