Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Reporting back: Housing

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 10 July 2018 14:58

I thought you would like to see a copy of a letter I received from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.


In the letter he discusses all the action the Government has taken and plans to take to increase housebuilding across the country, so that young people in Norwich can achieve their dream of owning their own home. I'm right behind this as I know from so many constituents how important it is in and around our city.


The letter sets out the following comprehensive set of actions:


-Rolling out the National Planning Policy Framework to transform the planning system;

-A revived approach from Housing England to get homes built where we need them;

-The establishment of the Local Authority Accelerated Construction Programme to encourage Modern Methods of housing construction and engagement with SME builders;

-Rolling out the Community Housing Fund to allow community groups and local authorities to bring community-led housing schemes forward;

-Establishing a framework to provide tenants with longer tenancies – a consultation document has also been published on this issue; and

-Announcing a programme of leasehold reform to ban the unjustified use of leasehold for new homes.


As you can see, there is plenty going on and much more in the pipework. Under this Government, housing will continue to be a priority until we are back on a firm and stable housebuilding footing. Everyone who works hard should be able to have a home of their own, that’s why the Government are focused on building the homes that this country needs.


Renting is also really important. If you would like to contribute towards the consultation, please do follow this link to have your own views heard:


I'll be following this closely on behalf of constituents, and supporting more homes being built locally.