26 January 2021 more...
PlaceShapers response to PM's Build, Build, Build speech
Claire Higgins, PlaceShapers Board member and CEO of Cross Keys Homes, said: “We fully support the PM’s ambitions to build, build build and PM’s focus on righting the wrong of decades of underinvestment in homes.
"We also welcome the focus on levelling up overall but our worried that the proposals announced today favour those who can access home ownership. There are many of our lowest paid workers for whom this will never be an option.
"Investing in good quality social rented housing is more critical than ever. It would speed up our economic recovery, provide homes for people who have given so much during the pandemic and help all those people who are still on waiting lists or in unsuitable temporary accommodation.
"Instead, we fear the affordable housing programme has been cut. Rules to speed up the planning system risk a rush rush to deliver poor quality homes that people don’t want and that don’t help build resilient and strong communities."