Urban Development Group invites submissions on how to achieve government target

A cross-party committee of MPs has launched a public inquiry into the future of Britain’s housing supply.

The inquiry by the Urban Development Group (UDG) will examine how to achieve the government house building target of three million by 2020, which is backed by £3bn of extra funding.

It will look at how development could be tailored to different northern and southern regions, how urban housing can be delivered effectively, how housing quality and supply can be improved, and the role the private sector should play.

Clive Betts, MP and UDG chair, said: “The government has set out targets for new homes, but the current system will not deliver what's needed. Our Inquiry will provide recommendations for ministers, who are right to have started a national debate on housing policy.

"We must now find better ways to build new housing and the solutions will involve both public and private sector players. And we need to help towns and cities across the country to deliver decent places to live. Our Inquiry will provide some of the answers."

The committee is inviting written evidence from public and private stakeholders. The deadline for submissions is 22 October 2007.

UDG will hold a public inquiry session in November and will make its final report and recommendations in early 2008.