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The New Housing White Paper
The New Housing White Paper has been released and is available for consultation. Comments can be submitted until 2 May 2017. Details can be found here.
Before you comment, we encourage you to read a blog written by Ian Mulheirn, Director of Consulting at Oxford Economics and former think-tanker and HM Treasury economist, in which he asks Is there *really* a housing shortage?

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Community Voice on Planning National Conference October 2016
The National Conference took place in Leeds and attracted many delegates from Yorshire and Cheshire as well as those from further south as far away as Devon.
The theme of the conference was “NIMBY – reality or slur?”
There are people who just don’t want anything built near them; we don’t represent those people, we want to see the sustainable development in the right places. Most communities aren’t anti-development – they’re anti-bad development, and rightly so.
The main cause of NIMBYism is bad development in the wrong place, so if we want to reduce NIMBYism we need to start building the houses people need and want to live in, in sustainable places. That means building the right types of homes in the right places, and they must be affordable to the people who need them. The government is failing to do this, and in fact most of its housing initiatives are boosting the demand without addressing supply.
For more details about the conference, please go to http://covop.org/conference/

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Sajid Javid replaces Clark as Communities Secretary and Gavin Barwell takes over from Lewis as planning and housing minister in the new Cabinet and ministerial team

New PM Teresa May has announced her first Cabinet and ministerial team which means the new Communities Secretary is former Business Secretary Sajid Javid while Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, has become planning and housing minister as well taking responsibility for issues in the capital.During oral questions to Communities and Local Government ministers in the Commons recently Barwell said the administration was “still committed to building a million new homes.”

He added: “Across this House, I hope, there is a consensus that we need to increase the level of house building. We are looking at a mixed programme, including investment in affordable and intermediate rent, as well as shared ownership and helping people to own their homes.”

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Please see our Ode to John Betjeman
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Proud NIMBYS not BEGGERS

The acronym NIMBY was popularised by Nicholas Ridley, Secretary of State for the Environment in the late 80s, who turned out to be one of the first. Nowadays the term is exploited by politicians and developers as a means of dismissing local people who object to contentious developments on green spaces. But what if groups like The National Trust, Civic Voice, The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the recently formed Community Voice on Planning, who together  represent the views of many many millions of people across the country, object to the very same thing? Is the whole country now a “nimby” when so many are standing up for it? What about the BEGGERS (Build on Every Green Glade and Every Rural Space)?

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