How important will housing be for the Boris Johnson’s new government?

16 December 2019

How important will housing be for the Boris Johnson’s new government?

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.