The consultation on England’s Housing White Paper – ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’ – has now closed and the IHBC has submitted its comments.
Select IHBC comments include:
- Making land ownership and interests more transparent could be a positive factor for when used to respond to disrepair
- Planning capacity and the scrutiny of planning applications by an informed conservation service is vital to properly protect England’s heritage. Local authorities need to be provided with funds to ensure conservation services are adequate or required to use extra funding such as this for conservation service provision
- Government proposals to take action to address construction skills shortages and change the way the Government supports training in the construction industry are a potentially welcome proposal. As well as general construction skills the IHBC hopes that heritage skills to enable the conservation, reuse and adaption of historic buildings will also be a priority under this aim.
- Concerning Empty Homes IHBC commented that the Government intention to support local authorities to encourage efficient use of our existing stock, making best use of homes that are long-term empty is a welcome recognition of an important issue.
- Heritage assets may be involved in housing development issues, and careful thought should be given to how this policy can be achieved. Appropriate consideration of heritage concerns at an early stage will be crucial in any plans to speed up planning processes. Working positively with heritage assets on the site from the beginning rather than working against them will ensure that the final outcome has context and continuity.
- On encouraging local authorities to shorten the timescales for developers the IHBC said such changes could have a positive effect with some heritage assets but in other cases the assembly of funding packages especially for community projects can take a substantial amount of time and the project delivery could be jeopardised by a shorter timescale.
See IHBC consultations and responses