Locate housing sensibly
- Start with a high-level, regional strategy.
- Where are the jobs? Where is the under-used infrastructure?
- Where is the funding for new plans?
- Find housing sites to meet a strategy. Not a call for sites.
- Growth to support local economy. Homes near jobs & services.
- Proportionate growth of villages
- Encourage & support Neighbourhood Plan groups.
- Proportionate new neighbourhoods, adjacent to or within urban areas.
- Brownfield prioritised. Register should include villages & small sites.
- Infrastructure upgrades: transport, health, schools & recreation – must benefit existing residents as well as new.
- Rigorous financial & feasibility analysis required. Commitment before development.
- Developer contributions must be locked down & delivered efficiently.
- Ring-fence New Homes Bonus for local infrastructure.
- National & regional infrastructure must be funded by Government.
- Build for need, not targets.
- All forms of tenures, not just home ownership.
- Affordable homes should accord with local salaries.
- Social housing can & must be provided by local authorities.
- Support small-scale initiatives like almshouses and Community Land Trusts.
- Transit-oriented development.
- Homes near public transport.
- Walkable developments, pedestrians prioritised.
- Two-way cycle lanes, segregated where appropriate.
- Density before sprawl – intensification & higher-density development whenever appropriate.
- Preservation of natural resources.
- Ecological principles as part of all development.
- Value countryside for its own sake.
- Co-creation: Involve communities & stakeholders in planning & design.
- Dialogue, debate & discussion. Listen.
- Keep it simple: Clear communication in ways that explain & engage.
“Asking landowners if they’d like to sell for a massive profit is not a sensible way to plan location of housing; and expecting housebuilders to meet sky-high housing targets does not address affordability, nor does it deliver infrastructure.”