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Housing Minister questioned on changes to housing needs assessment

01 November 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee examines proposed changes to the way the need for new homes is calculated for each local authority in an evidence session with the Housing Minister.

Assessing housing need

The Government's 'Planning for the right homes in the right places' consultation is aimed at finding a new standardised methodology for assessing housing need on a council-by-council basis, replacing inconsistent methods used across different authorities at present.

The Committee will question Alok Sharma MP on 1 November ahead of the consultation closure on 9 November. The consultation also announced the Government's intention to produce a revised National Planning Policy Framework in early 2018, and the Committee will seek to probe the Minister on his plans for that revision as well as a range of wider housing policy issues, such as the Government's proposed reforms to the private rented sector and intergenerational housing issues.

'The Government's proposals have so far proved controversial'

Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, said:

"The way housing need is assessed varies greatly by local authority and this Committee has long called for the Government to revise its guidance on strategic housing market assessments and produce an agreed methodology.

However, the Government's proposals have so far proved controversial, with some industry experts suggesting that over a hundred local authorities would see a fall in the assessed number of new homes needed, with a shift in the general housing need from the north of England to the south.

We're keen to question the Minister on the department's latest thinking and we're also looking forward to putting some questions to him on other housing issues, such as the Government's proposed reforms to the private rented sector and the home buying process, as well as on-going issues related to the White Paper such as land banking."

The Minister last appeared before the Committee with the Secretary of State earlier this month.

Witness

Wednesday 1 November, Thatcher room, Portcullis House.

At 9.30am

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