Launch of ‘The Housing Problem in London: A Broken Planning System’ by Sir Mark Boleat

This week we were pleased to launch Sir Mark Boleat’s White Paper on housing in partnership with our sister organisation Westminster Property Association (WPA) and the Housing and Finance Institute (HFI).

‘The Housing Problem in London: A Broken Planning System’ sets out a range of proposals to radically increase the delivery of new housing in capital, including reforming the planning committee system, reviewing the protected Green Belt, simplifying developers’ planning contributions and driving political leadership from local authorities.

Over 120 members of the WPA, CPA and HFI joined the breakfast seminar, kindly hosted by Savills.

Following a welcome by Natalie Elphicke OBE, Chief Executive of HFI – Sir Mark (the former political leader of the City of London Corporation) presented the themes of the report, arguing that the housing crisis in London can only be addressed if more land is made available for building and there is a fundamental review of the planning system.

This was followed by a lively debate by our distinguished panel of industry and political experts.

As well as Sir Mark (Chairman of HFI), the speakers were Hannah David, Director of Planning Futures think tank; Cllr Tony Devenish AM, Chairman of Westminster City Council’s Business, Planning & Transport Policy & Scrutiny Committee and GLA member; Mark Prisk MP, former Minister of State for Housing; and Brian Johnson, former Chief Executive of Metropolitan Housing Trust, Moat Homes and CityWest Homes. The discussion was chaired by Nick de Lotbiniere, Planning Director at Savills.