How important will housing be for the Boris Johnson’s new government?
16 December 2019
With five years ahead of them in office, the Conservatives have a real opportunity to tackle the housing crisis. Their efforts will be helped by the fact they won a landslide election, with the biggest Commons majority since Margaret’s Thatcher’s victory in 1987.
Boris’s 80-seat majority gives the Conservatives the firepower they need to set the agenda and get housing legislation through Parliament.
Karl Hick, the chief executive of Larkfleet Homes, said: “They [the government] will be able to not worry quite so much about local people being upset because they have five years to sort it out.
“For housing and getting things done, it’s a good move: they can put through policies and not be worried about people being upset because they will have forgotten by the end.”
He says a particular bugbear on this score is neighbourhood planning, which is increasingly being exploited by well-heeled residents to thwart development in their backyards.