The chief executive of Andrews estate agency chain says housing policy should be decided not directly by politicians but by an independent body, much as monetary policy is managed independently by the Bank of England.
Michael Robson says a debate hosted by Andrews and addressed by several leading figures in the residential industry made it clear that while they welcomed the attention given to housing during the election there was a need for “longer term housing visions and policies to be made that could extend for ten or 15 years, not simply the five year duration of our parliamentary system.”
The debate included Robson, Stephen Smith of the Legal & General Network mortgage lender, Tom Lacey of chartered tax advisers Moore Blatch, Andy Tilsley - a regional sales manager at Nationwide - and Mike Day, director of development and home wwnership at Knightstone.
“Housing and property issues have been more prominent in this election campaign than ever before and so we decided to hold the debate in order to examine what impact the various parties might have on the market. We didn’t set out to draw conclusions, simply provide views and food for thought” says Robson.
The panel of experts also debated which, if any, of the parties vying for power might have the best solution for providing more affordable housing; the effect that five year fixed term parliaments have on the housing market; and whether the private rental sector should be subject to more control..
The full debate can be viewed here: