Lords to hear from London Housing Commission and Local Government Association on housing affordability
The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will tomorrow take evidence from Lord Kerslake, Chairman of the IPPR's London Housing Commission and Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the Local Government Association, as it continues its inquiry into the economics of the UK housing market.
The Committee will ask the witnesses about the how the London housing market differs from the rest of the UK and whether this makes it difficult to develop a national housing policy, the extent to which building more homes will make housing more affordable, whether local authorities can play a bigger role in housebuilding and whether it is now time to allow more building on the greenbelt to meet demand.
The Committee will also take evidence from Professor Tony Crook of the University of Sheffield and Trudi Elliot from the Royal Town Planning Institute. In this session the questions will focus on whether local authorities are providing a sufficient number of smaller sites for development in local plans, whether local authority planning departments should be better resourced and whether they agree with the Government's policy to define starter homes as affordable housing.
The evidence sessions will start at 3:35pm on Tuesday 23 February in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. The full details are:
Lord Kerslake, Chairman of the IPPR's London Housing Commission
Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the Local Government Association
Tony Crook, Emeritus Professor of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield
Trudi Elliot, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute