Civic Voice responds to the the Government’s Housing White paper

This week Civic Voice responded to the the Government's Housing White paper stating that the belief that market mechanisms can "solve" the housing crisis should be robustly challenged. We would like to thank the 99 groups who participated in our consultation and helped shape our final response. Read our full response HERE.

Headlines include:

  • Civic Voice believes that every area should have an up-to-date Local Plan. A quality plan, with quality of place at its heart, shaped by local communities.
  • The white paper is inconsistent in relying on the market while seeking to shape it. Similarly it blows hot and cold on local versus central control.
  • There is a real need for local communities to feel confident that their wishes are given full weight if they have undertaken the task of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Developers with major resources are still seen to be able to challenge and override the decisions of local council and support for smaller developers and for self build is essential to break the stranglehold of the bigger developers.
  • With the housing needed, the NPPF needs to be able to look and empty properties - especially over commercial premises and support the improvement of town and city centres rather than the pressure all being on green field sites. 
  • We would be concerned if proposals put forward in the white paper led to ‘nibbling away’ and erosion of established Green Belt and inevitable resultant pressure to amend Green Belt boundaries.     
  • Other government policies, such as those on permitted development should be revisited since they would be inconsistent with some of the stated objectives in the white paper.


  • Read the Civic Voice response to the Housing White Paper HERE.