It was the Conservative Party’s turn to launch a manifesto today and its 88-page document promised to be for ‘mainstream Britain’. Housing took a bit of a back seat to other issues, including Brexit (obviously) and social care, but there was still plenty to take away to build on the social housing revolution that was trailed at the weekend.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the launch of the Liberal Democrat manifesto was all about the promise to hold a new EU referendum but, behind the headline-grabbing pledge, it is the housing policies that UK YIMBY has taken most interest in.
The Conservative Party manifesto is not expected until Thursday but, over the weekend, Theresa May has promised a "new generation" of social housing will be built if her party wins the General Election.
Providing land for housing is often contentious and today marked an important legal ruling, at least in the planning world, relating to how parts of the National Planning Policy Framework (or NPPF) should be interpreted.
The Guardian has reported that Jeremy Corbyn is pinning "Labour's election hopes on housing reform pledges". The party wants at least a million new homes to be built over the next five years. This sounds encouraging but it should not be forgotten that, just last year, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee said that we need to be building 300,000 homes each year to tackle the housing crisis
The calling of an early General Election has led to us launching UK YIMBY earlier than we initially planned. It is important to keep up the pressure on all political parties to commit to policies which will help end the UK housing crisis. One thing is for sure - more homes need to be built...