The target of 300,000 households per year is threatened until labor shortages, political confusion, and planning staff shortages are resolved, say colleagues

Britain faces a housing crisis amid the pandemic as confusion over planning rules and staff shortages undermine government goals to build 300,000 homes a year, the House of Lords Committee says.

Ministers are against house deprivation for small businesses to alleviate the housing shortage, said the multi-stakeholder peer group.

“Too many people now live inexpensive, inadequate, and opaque housing, and there is now a need to increase housing supply to cope with the housing crisis,” the committee said in its housing demand report.

Housing Minister Michael Gove is expected to unveil government plans to start building houses after the industry suffered a double blow over Brexit that reduced the number of skilled workers and unrest over the pandemic.

Gove said he would be promoting employment and housing in the regions as part of the government’s modernization program, although it is likely to be a long-term project.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Chair of the Lords Building Committee, said: Build 39% of the new houses but only 10%. “

The committee criticized the withdrawal of proposals to reform urban planning rules that would divide zones into zones, some of which are reserved for conservation and others with little or no regulations that would discourage developers.

Ministers turned down the proposals after the Liberal Democrats won a majority of 16,000 in Chesham and Amersham.

Uncertainties and delays in the planning of renovations would have created a “barrier effect” on residential construction and uncertainty among builders and planners, said Neville-Rolfe. A former minister and director of Tesco’s board of directors said local authorities should adopt local plans to show where new developments could take place.

He said less than 50% of local authorities have adopted or updated their local plans in the past five years, leaving developers unsure of what land is available for new construction. However, he warned that reform of the planning system will only work if local planning authorities have the resources and staff.

Local authorities have complained that after eleven years of austerity measures that have forced them to cut daily budgets by 40%, planning offices are only part of what it takes to evaluate applications.

However, over 1.1 million apps have been adopted, but private developers have not been able to start development.

“Then he introduced us. It’s not the great shortage of bricklayers and construction workers, but the lack of design skills after years without training,” he said.

Neville-Rolfe urged ministers to take an aging population into account, which means that by 2050, one in four in the UK will be over 65. “The country needs more specialized and older housing,” he said.

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