The County Councils Network (CCN) is pleased to announce that it is working with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) on a new housing project.
The project will explore how county councils and county unitary authorities are innovating to deliver badly-needed housing, supported by the right infrastructure. The project will provide insight into what CCN member authorities are already achieving with their current powers; showcasing leadership by pioneering councils who are unlocking development through partnerships and direct delivery.
Kate Henderson, chief executive of the TCPA, said:
“The TCPA is delighted to be working with the CCN on this timely project which will demonstrate that county councils are a fundamental part of the solution to meeting the nation’s need for more affordable homes.
“Through a survey and a series of case studies the project will explore innovative approaches being taken by counties who are working in partnership to secure better outcomes for people and places, particularly through scaling-up housing delivery using councils assets, such as land, skills and finance.”
Cllr Philip Atkins, CCN spokesman for Housing, Planning and Infrastructure, said:
“The housing crisis is not confined to cities and the south-east; prices in many other county areas are becoming increasingly unaffordable, with property prices rising treble the amount of house price rises in London.
“There is also a lack of affordable homes in county areas, with just 26% of new homes built since 2011 being classified as affordable. This project will show how counties are playing a hugely important role in enabling and delivering development in their areas, working with partners and local councils to deliver the right kind of homes backed by adequate infrastructure.”
The project will conclude with a report that will be launched at an event on the 20th June 2018.