A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been formed to ensure housing issues are prioritised, with the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) providing the secretariat and leading discussion on proposals from an ACE report, launched on the same date, Unlocking Housing: Reinvigorating Local Communities through Placemaking.
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Infrastructure intelligence writes:
At a meeting at the Houses of Parliament on 18 June, Bob Blackman was voted chair, Labour MP Liz Twist and Conservative MP Stephen Hammond were voted vice-chairs, and Mark Prisk was selected to be group secretary.
Other members will include: Sir Graham Brady, Baroness Brown, Lord Shipley, Lord Hodgson Andrew Lewer and Matt Western. The cross-party group of MPs and Peers will now meet in the autumn for its first session.
Commenting on the launch, Blackman, the APPG’s chair said: ‘I’m delighted to chair this new group which will take the discussion around good design and placemaking to the next political level. We need to find new ideas to tackle the housing crisis and build the homes the country needs. I firmly believe that only a holistic approach which marries community engagement, placemaking and strategic infrastructure spending will enable this.’
Financial support for the APPG on Building Communities comes from ACE members AECOM, Mott MacDonald, Peter Brett Associates, Ramboll, Waterman and WSP. It also supported by non-member Heathrow.