The Government wants to build more than 3million new homes than are needed!

Our new independent report, How Many Homes? shows the Government is planning
for almost twice as many new homes as England needs over the next twenty

The Government is planning to build 85% more new homes than England needs over the
next two decades – a staggering over-provision of more than three million new-build
properties. That’s the shock finding of the latest report on national housing need, produced
on our behalf by social research consultancy Opinion Research Services.

The ORS report ‘How Many Homes? Reviewing the National Housing Need for England’
examines the impact of the Government’s proposals to modify the formula (or algorithm)
that councils in England must use to calculate ‘local housing need’.

We are seeing green fields across the UK concreted over at an alarming rate for sprawling new housing estates, but this new report shows that we don’t need anything like the number of new houses the Government tells us we do. Over the next twenty years, we are in danger of building three million homes too
many because the proposed Government formula for calculating housing need uses a seriously flawed methodology. This independent study is proof of that.

A complimentary copy of How Many Homes? is available to all Devon CPRE members – just contact us for your copy. If you are not already a member of CPRE, and are concerned about the Government’s plans for new house building, now’s the time to join us!