Once again Clearview Homes represented West London at MIPIM, the world’s most significant international property event, using the occasion to call for quicker planning departments.
The company’s ninth year presence in the London Pavilion, represented by MD Stephen Murphy; Planning Director, Robbie Greenaway and Tony Laws, Land and Acquisitions, contributed to West London’s regeneration and place-making initiatives.
London’s housing shortfall was a significant theme of the whole week. This was no more so than at the “Housing for London” seminar, to which Clearview Homes were invited by Richard Blakeway, London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Land.
A panel of leading and progressive figureheads of London’s vision for the future, focused on the massive shortfall of new homes delivery in London, its delivery over the coming decades and an update of Housing Zones from the GLA.
There was unanimous agreement by the panel for the need of working to a thirty year plan. This prompted an immediate response from Tony Laws in a lively Q & A session.
He pointed out “ Housing for London was a business—like any business there needs to be a short and medium term plan otherwise success would be limited.” He went on to propose “A short term strategy that would bring forward sites immediately would be to address the problem of an underfunded, under staffed and through retirement, transfers and departures to the private sector an under-skilled planning system.”
He also referred to earlier accusation of “land-banking by developers,” explaining that housing developments that had had an approval, often suffered from a planning system taking one or even two years to discharge planning conditions. This was often an expensive delay caused by staffing shortfalls or the tasks being dedicated to part time staff.
There was an acknowledgement of the problem by the panel and general agreement by the audience that this was a strategy that could definitely contribute to new home delivery in the short term and had merit as one aspect of a short term budgeting.