The Housing and Planning Act is an unloved piece of legislation which provides opportunities for some but fails to address the fundamental supply crisis in many parts of the country. This view is shared across the political spectrum in Parliament
The Housing and Planning Act has been criticised by Conservatives, including the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Planning.While James Cartlidge (South Suffolk MP) voted in favour of the legislation as it passed through parliament earlier this year he said he did not support many of its principles, particularly the emphasis on home ownership and the way the extended right-to-buy policy is to be implemented. “However as a backbencher you have got to choose your rebellions carefully,” Mr Cartlidge told attendees at the launch of Localis’ Power behind the home report yesterday. Mr Cartlidge, who is also a member of the Public Accounts Commission, said he would prefer the right-to-buy to be implemented through a shared ownership model.