Housing sector

Inside Housing – Insight – Liz Truss appointed Prime Minister: the reaction of the housing sector

“That is why we are urging our new Prime Minister to release a credible and effective plan to decarbonize our existing homes and buildings. At its core, this would set out a fully-funded national renovation strategy setting out energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, for all UK households. This would help tackle the energy poverty of thousands of households, drastically reduce energy bills and ensure our buildings are ready for the future.

Simon Cox, managing director of Walter Cooper: “When it comes to housing, resolving planning issues must be high on the agenda of the next PM, and that will mean making unpopular decisions.

“Truss must now turn his attention away from submitting to the NIMBY masses and publicly turn away from previous statements made by other Tory MPs such as Michael Gove, regarding the so-called ‘cartel’, or face complete alienation from the housing construction community.However, with a general election likely on the horizon, I doubt these tough choices will be implemented anytime soon.

“Truss may have pledged its commitment to removing planning restrictions in a bid to boost housing construction, but abandoning the government’s target of building 300,000 homes a year, its so-called ‘investment zones’ “will they really materialize?

“I’m not sure, but the fact is that as prices continue to rise due to a lack of supply, something has to be done to increase the number of houses being built in this country before accession home ownership becomes even further out of reach for all but a privileged few.

Nathan Emerson, managing director of Propertymark, said: “We congratulate Liz Truss on her successful election campaign and urge her to work with real estate professionals to find solutions to these major issues facing the industry.

“The skyrocketing cost of household gas and electricity bills has put a premium on the energy efficiency of our existing housing stock. While unilateral EPC rating goals loom, there is currently no long-term plan defining how they will be achieved.

“Propertymark is a strong proponent of making homes more energy efficient as the best solution to lowering bills. However, it is unlikely that significant progress can be made until ministers better understand the current housing stock and implement then realistic goals based on individual property characteristics with sustained funding for owners.

Ross Matthewman, policy and campaign manager at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said: “She takes over the running of the country at a crucial time, with concerns over inflation, soaring energy bills and the ongoing war in Ukraine threatening our energy security.

“We at CIEH urge Prime Minister Truss to prioritize strengthening environmental health measures as a means of both addressing these pressing challenges and ensuring the UK remains a global leader in achieving our goals. in terms of climate change.

“Whether through immediate policies such as freezing energy bills, lifting the quarterly price cap and targeted energy efficiency measures to better insulate the poorest households, or through long-term measures such as improving air quality targets, tighter regulation of water companies discharging raw sewage into our waterways, or ensuring that new trade agreements meet or improve food standards.

“The prioritization of environmental health policies should be at the forefront of this new administration and we at CIEH look forward to proactively engaging the new government on these pressing and important issues.”