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'Release public land to aid housing development' - CIH chief


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'Release public land to aid housing development' - CIH chief 'Release public land to aid housing development' - CIH chief

Public sector organisations should take more immediate action to release surplus public land to aid housing development, according to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Grainia Long.

Speaking at CIH’s South East Conference, which is taking place in Brighton this week, she said: “Government departments and non-departmental public bodies often base their budgets on selling land at market value, but if we are to solve the housing crisis, we need cross-government action which should includes commitments to release land at below market value.

“One example of public land being used successfully is the London Olympics so it can happen – we need to make it happen again.”

Grainia Long was taking part in a panel discussion on getting Britain building again, chaired by BBC home affairs editor Mark Easton.

Her point was echoed by fellow panellist Peter Quinn, business development director at Lovell Partnerships. He said: “Rather than a subsidy government could release land for free for social and private homes.”

Grainia Long added: “If we are going to build the homes we need to deal with our housing crisis we need a building programme on the scale of which we haven’t seen for decades.

“There are things we can do – we have submitted a four-point plan to the Treasury ahead of the Budget that would deliver 100,000 new homes.

“Part of the problem is that we make housing sound so complicated – we need to describe the problem more simply and for me the issue is the cost of housing.

“I was sitting opposite a young couple on the train down to Brighton who on the phone to an estate agent and they were being quoted £1,000 a week to rent a flat in London.

“Our research has found that 25 to 34-year-olds are struggling to access home ownership. We have a generation that is unable to buy, placing increased pressure on a private rented sector with soaring costs.”

CIH’s South East Conference and Exhibition, which is taking place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, features more than 100 exhibitors and is expected to attract more than 1,000 visitors.


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