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Housing and planning bill second reading

  • By Oliver Hatch

The housing crisis is Londoners’ number one issue and London Councils believes this legislation should be an opportunity to improve the situation in the capital. So, our test of this Bill is whether it addresses London’s housing crisis – does it cut the gap between supply and demand? This briefing applies that test to the following four parts in the

  • Right to Buy
  • High-value compulsory asset sales
  • Starter Homes
  • Planning

Our full briefing for the debate on the 2 November expands and explains our position and our recommended changes. It also sets out a number of measures which we believe should be included in the Bill, which would help to boost the supply of new homes in London across all tenure types.

Given the importance of this issue, we also commissioned some polling on housing especially from Ipsos-Mori especially for this debate. Among other things, this found that housing is the top issue for Londoners - in contrast to the rest of the country where it is only the sixth most important issue.

See the polling findings in pdf format

Given the scale of the housing challenge in the capital, we are keen to ensure that, with your help, London issues receive good coverage in the Second Reading debate.


Oliver Hatch, Public Affairs Manager