What the new Government means for Build to Rent and planning

Comment from Max Camplin, one of the leading built environment communication professional's on what the new Government will mean for Build to Rent and planning.

Max Camplin is Executive Director at Cavendish Consulting discusses what the new Government means for Build to Rent and planning | BTR News
Max Camplin is Executive Director at Cavendish Consulting discusses what the new Government means for Build to Rent and planning.

Max Camplin is Executive Director at Cavendish Consulting. He has a deep understanding of the political process in local and regional Government.

He is also one of the leading communications professionals in the built environment, providing expert advice and insight on the intersection between politics, community and media within the planning process.

Max Camplin’s comment on what the new Government means for Build to Rent

“The influx of new Labour MPs, many with experience in local Government, should bring valuable insights into the Build to Rent sector. We hope this translates into a better understanding and acknowledgement of Build to Rent as distinct from the traditional Private Rented Sector (PRS).

“The potential for housing announcements in the early days of a new Labour Government, alongside the Party’s commitment to building new towns to meet acute housing needs, is encouraging. The Build to Rent sector, as a provider of new, long-term rented homes, will play a crucial role, provided the Government recognises its benefits.

“Yet, recent research from Cavendish, which polled MPs in the previous Parliament, found that only 11% would prioritise Build to Rent homes for their constituency. This figure must rise if we are to realise secure, long-term, high-quality rental homes under the next Government.

“To fully capitalise on the Build to Rent sector’s potential to provide new, high-quality homes for long-term renters or those saving for a private sale home, the new Government must consider the Build to Rent sector as distinct from the traditional PRS in policy terms. This distinction will ensure the sector’s growth is not hindered by housing policies that do not account for its unique impact.

“As the Build to Rent sector grows, the influence of metro mayors over housing and planning decisions will also increase. It is essential for metro mayors, local councillors, MPs, and civil servants to understand the Build to Rent sector if we are to continue expanding the availability of long-term, high-quality rented homes.

“However, capacity issues at the local planning authority level have long frustrated councils and impacted all housing tenures. Regardless of who is in Government, there must be a long-term, coherent, and holistic plan to support current planning officers and inspire future ones to help build the homes our nation needs.”

Max Camplin is Executive Director, Cavendish Consulting

Max Camplin’s comment on what the new Government means for planning

“Planning reform will be a central component of Labour’s first tranche of legislation – with a first draft of revised NPPF expected by the end of this month. We anticipate London-style housing powers being extended to the Metro Mayors, as set out in the Gordon Brown-led review of devolution, enabling them to adopt a holistic approach to addressing their areas’ housing needs.

“The specifics of the new planning regime are not yet clear, but it must prioritise speed and empower councils to swiftly approve policy-compliant developments. This streamlined process is crucial for meeting the urgent housing demands and supporting Labour’s ambitious housing targets.

“They need to get this right if they’re going to have any chance of delivering the New Towns they’ve promised. They will need to be bold and risk turning voters in the chosen areas against them by effectively taking the decision out of the hands of local councils.

“Will they do it when they’ll have an eye on the next General Election and all the local elections before that? Only time will tell.”

Max Camplin is Executive Director, Cavendish Consulting

With over 15 years of experience in planning communications and community engagement, Max has worked with the Berkeley Group and British Land, as well as large public sector bodies, on some of the UK’s most high-profile and complex projects.

He was previously a political advisor to a London borough and is responsible for the delivery of planning communications and community engagement for all Cavendish Consulting’s clients across the UK.