In response to the Government's Housing White Paper, Civic Voice and the APPG for Civic Societies will host a debate asking 'Will the Housing White Paper deliver the homes the country needs?'.
Chair of the Local Government and Communities Select Committee, Clive Betts MP, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Communities, Lord Shipley, Andrew Mitchell MP and chair of APPG for Civic Societies, Craig Mackinlay MP have been confirmed to speak at the event.
Civic Voice has consistently said councils should have “use it or lose it” powers to incentivise faster development, giving them the ability to levy council tax on plots allocated for housing in plans where homes are not built within reasonable timescales, as if the houses had been built, and to compulsorily purchase such land where necessary.
There has been a concerted campaign to persuade us that the only way to solve the housing crisis is by building in the countryside, either through more urban extensions or new settlements, cutely re-branded as ‘garden towns and villages’.Without a clear policy for the green belt, the competitiveness of our cities is threatened by leaving them as hollowed-out and degraded environments, much less able to attract new investment and skilled and educated people.
In response to feedback on APPG events we have made a lot of time available for you to have your say on the Housing White Paper. Register your place and get involved with the debate. Please invite your MP to join the debate too.
Please note you may incurr a cancellation charge of £5 if you register for this event and do not attend without an explanation. This fee is to cover admin costs. See the agenda below.
2.15pm – Joan Humble, Civic Voice chair, welcomes attendees
2.20pm – Craig Mackinlay MP, chair of APPG for Civic Societies
2.30pm – Andrew Mitchell MP
2.40pm – Clive Betts MP, chair of Communities and Local Government Select Committee discusses
2.50pm – Lord Shipley, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Communities
3.00pm - Questions to the panel
3.40pm – Craig Mackinlay MP brings proceedings to an end
3.45pm - Finish