CIEH reacts to Housing White paper
Publication Date: 7th February 2017
Following the publication of DCLG’s housing white
paper, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said:
“More young people and families are renting their homes
long-term and plans to extend the
length of tenancy agreements is a step in the right direction. This will give
occupants more security, an opportunity to make a home for themselves and put
down roots in their local communities.
“At the same
time, landlords have a responsibility to ensure accommodation is fit for people
to live in as housing conditions have a significant impact on physical health
and mental wellbeing. New homes need to be built to modern standards and there
is also a need to ensure the older housing stock is brought up to 21 Century
Tony Lewis added: “Plans to build new homes are
desperately needed but developers and councils need to ensure that any
brownfield land developed is properly decontaminated. Environmental Health officers have a vital role in working with
their planning colleagues to ensure new developments are built quickly as well
as being fit for purpose.”
Notes to editors
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Link to DCLG’s white paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-ambitious-plan-to-build-the-homes-britain-needs
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