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London Housing Commission questioned on UK Housing Market

22 February 2016

The Economic Affairs Committee takes evidence from Lord Kerslake, Chairman of the Institute for Public Policy Research's (IPPR) 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.


Tuesday 23 February in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm

  • Lord Kerslake, Chairman of the IPPR's London Housing Commission
  • Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the Local Government Association

At 4:30pm

  • Tony Crook, Emeritus Professor of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield
  • Trudi Elliot, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute

Likely questions

In the first session the Committee asks the witnesses about:

  • 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.

In the session with Professor Tony Crook of the University of Sheffield and Trudi Elliot from the Royal Town Planning Institute the questions 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
  • whether they agree with the Government's policy to define starter homes as affordable housing.

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