As we await the Autumn Statement tomorrow the first statement since brexit, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) calls on the government to take action to ensure that affordable homes are a priority. We are certainly looking forward to the detail in the chancellors speech, especially with regard to skill shortages, training, and how he intends to tackle the housing crisis.
Ahead of the Housing White Paper and Autumn Statement, RICS also says the government should do more to free up brownfield and unused land, as well as investing more in local council planning departments to speed up approval of applications. The calls come in response to the findings of October’s RICS UK Residential Market Survey, which showed that 59 per cent of those questioned said that planning constraints was the main factor standing in the way of new housing development schemes. It also showed that 59 per cent said freeing up brownfield sites would be the main thing government could do to encourage more affordable housing, and 33 per cent said the government should force developers to use land that is currently being land-banked.