The present policy focus on numerical housing targets needs to be supported by policy initiatives that enable practical delivery on the ground. Research undertaken by the All Party Urban Development Group (APUDG) finds significant practical barriers to delivering an enhanced and improved urban housing offer, with barriers varying from place to place. Unless these challenges are addressed, the Government is unlikely to achieve the aspirations espoused in the Housing Green Paper, largely because towns and cities will not have the capacity to deliver the type of housing offer that is required.
The All Party Parliamentary Urban Development Group (APUDG) is a cross-party Parliamentary body of MPs and Peers committed to progressing urban renewal and sustainable development in the UK. The Centre for Cities and British Property Federation provide secretariat services for the group.