• Are land-owners, house-builders and house-owners addicted to rising prices?
Date: 18th May
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: The Edgbaston Priory Club
For the last 10 years Governments of all parties have focused on building more new houses. The planning system has been directed to provide land for at least a 10 year supply, and planning permissions have been exceeding construction for several years. However, house prices and rents have continued to rise faster than incomes, and there is also a gap between the growth in the number of homes and the projected growth in the number of households. Key issues for us (and our children) include:
• Can we close the gap between haves and have-nots, and between generations?
• Does incentivising house buying risk another sub-prime bust?
• Can public or private renting meet needs in terms of quantity, quality and price?
• How do we secure ‘Decent, affordable homes where people want to live’?
- Regenerate our existing cities, towns and neighbourhoods? or;
- Provide more land ‘where builders want to build’?
• What kinds of places do we want to live in?
- How does housing fit into place making?
- How do we pay for services and infrastructure?
Lord Best been a cross-bench member of the House of Lords since 2001, with particular interests in housing and planning. He led a Lunar Society discussion on housing in 2014. Since then there have been further significant developments: Government has published a White Paper on ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ and elections for a West Midlands Mayor have been held. The Lunar Society mission to ‘stimulate ideas, broaden debate and catalyse action’ has never been more important.
He is currently Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People; Chair, House of Lords Select Committee on Communications; Chair of Council, The Property Ombudsman; and Sponsor, Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. He was Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation (1973-88) and the Joseph Rowntree Trust (1988-2006).
Read more about the speaker and book your tickets here. The event will be chaired by Alan Wenban-Smith, whose earlier comment on the situation can be read here.
Tickets include a welcome drink on arrival, three course dinner and coffee.