The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning is to look at ways of reshaping the housing market to increase housing stock for both rental and private ownership under new chairman James Cartlidge, Conservative MP for South Suffolk.
The APPG will comprise MPs from urban and rural constituencies. Vice-chairs will be:
- Mark Prisk, Conservative MP for Hertford and Stortford and former housing minister
- Helen Hayes, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and former town planner
- Lord Richard Best, cross bench MP and president of the Local Government Association
- Stephen Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North.
The RICS will support the group as secretariat.
James Cartlidge said, “Housing is increasingly becoming one of the most critical policy challenges facing local and national government, and with a Housing Bill pending, it is likely to become more political and controversial. In this context, a cross-party parliamentary group focused objectively on the national policy challenge of housing offers a vehicle for taking the debate forward in a way that is both positive and constructive. Having spent my working life in the shared ownership housing sector, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing first time buyers, particularly in London. Equally, as a rural MP, I recognise the need for development to be sustainable.”
The APPG will look to deliver its first set of recommendations later this year.