Grant Shapps Commends the Case for Space at Conservative Party Conference
The HomeWise campaign concluded Party Conference season this week at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
With debate raging over the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in recent weeks, housing and planning have risen to the top of the political agenda. This was reinforced by the Prime Minister's announcement at the start of the Conference that the Government plans to construct 100,000 new homes on disused public land, as well as increasing discounts for those wanting the 'Right to Buy' their council house.
We held another packed fringe event in Manchester on 'Leaving Legoland' with an exceptionally strong panel, including the Housing Minister, Rt Hon Grants Shapps MP and the Chairman of the Local Government Association, Sir Merrick Cockell. Tom Bloxham from Urban Splash and Angela Brady completed the speakers, and the event was expertly chaired by the Guardian’s Chief Political Correspondent, Nick Watt.
The Housing Minister praised the work of the RIBA on the Case for Space, calling it an 'excellent' document. He also announced that the Government's new Housing Strategy will be launched in November. Following the speeches, there was a high-quality debate that considered the system of Use Classes, the NPPF, the supply of land and the possibility of cutting VAT to 5% for housing renovations.
The campaign's focus continues across England, as this weekend we'll be at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham. We're also heading to Cambridge, where next week the RIBA will be hosting a Conference on Housing, with keynote speeches from Harry Rich and Terrie Alafat, Director of Housing Growth and Affordable Housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Grant Shapps with the Case for Space
Party Conference Fringe recordings - audio