Accepting recommendations put forward by an independent review, the Government will be assessing the role that councils can play in boosting housing supply, including seeing them become ‘housing delivery enablers’.
The findings of the Elphicke-House Report, commissioned by Natalie Elphicke and Councillor Keith House, have reviewed councils’ involvement in boosting housing supply at the start of 2014, arguing for local authorities ‘to be put at the heart of providing more homes across all tenures in their local area’.
In potential good news for house builders and suppliers of building materials, it calls for councils to become ‘housing delivery enablers’. As such, they would be tasked with assessing the housing need of their area, and then working with businesses, housing associations and others on new build projects, ‘to provide the homes their residents want and need to build strong and sustainable communities’.
However, central government has also said a proposal for a new, independent organisation to bring together local government and the finance sectors, requires ‘further exploration’.
An initial government response said: ‘Government is fully behind the core recommendation that councils should become housing delivery enablers.