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Eversheds comment: UK housing challenge rooted in oppressive administration

  • United Kingdom

    12-11-2014

    Following news that red tape is preventing UK housebuilding from think tank Policy Exchange, Stuart Andrews, head of real estate planning at law firm Eversheds, comments:

    “The challenge to effective housing delivery is rooted in fixing both oppressive administration and political inertia.

    “The Government is responding to pressure to correct some of the administrative issues, and this is reflected in the proposed changes to permitted development rights and the requirements for the discharge of conditions. There remains, however, a fundamental shortage of experienced local authority staff and a need to reform systems that were designed for a different age.

    “The political dimension is, in short, about ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’ and is imbedded in a system that gives responsibility to councils to unilaterally determine their housing needs and then make unpalatable decisions as to the locations for growth. Oddly, we are finding a large number of councils are resistant in meeting their new responsibilities and housing delivery is slipping as a consequence.”

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