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Aston academic chosen to advise on future of housing

Dr Ed Turner

20 December 2013 

An Aston academic has been selected to review the future of UK housing after being chosen to sit on the Lyons review. 

Dr Ed Turner, Lecturer in Politics, has been asked to help assess the nation’s housing policy under an independent team led by Sir Michael Lyons on behalf of the Labour Party. 

The expert panel has been tasked with producing a road map that will set out how 200,000 new homes can be potentially delivered by the end of a first parliament. The Lyons Commission is expected to have completed its work by July 2014 and will review evidence to help Sir Michael develop his conclusions. 

The Commission will assess policy areas such as affordable housing and rents; unlocking land for housing development; investment in housing and associated infrastructure and the potential of a new ‘right to grow’ to allow Local Authorities to have the power to expand on its boundaries.  

It is very much an honour to be part of this Commission. We have a housing crisis in this country, and raising the level of house building would make a huge, positive difference to millions of lives

Dr Turner, who is also Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council, said; “It is very much an honour to be part of this Commission. We have a housing crisis in this country, and raising the level of house building would make a huge, positive difference to millions of lives.

"We do have a housing shortage and new homes are very much a priority. Our report will set out how changes to housing and planning policies and practice can deliver these vital goals.” 

The expert panel has been drawnfrom across the housing industry and government and brings together a wealth of knowledge and practical experience of housing delivery. They include Tom Bloxham, Chairman and Co-Founder, Urban Splash; Mark Clare, Group Chief Executive, Barratt Developments Plc; Julia Evans, National Federation of Builders; Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association; Bill Hughes, Legal and General; Grania Long, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing;Simon Marsh, Head of Planning Policy, RSPB; David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation; Richard Parker, Partner and Head of Housing, PwC; Malcolm Sharp, Immediate Past President, Planning Officers’ Society and Prof. Cecilia Wong, Professor of Spatial Planning, University of Manchester. 

Further details of the Lyons Housing Review can be found at the website: www.lyonshousingreview.org  

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