Arlen Pettitt, North East England Chamber of Commerce, policy adviser said: “North East England has a very different housing market from London and the South East, with a very different set of problems to be addressed. What we need are the tools at a local level to build a housing market that helps our businesses attract the best talent and keep skilled graduates in the region. The Government’s Housing White Paper doesn’t go far enough to do that, and a standardised methodology for determining housing demand, based on the characteristics of an overheated housing market elsewhere in the country, risks leaving the North East’s local authorities with even less scope to act.
“Our members have told us this region needs more high quality homes of all sizes, tailored to local needs. But build these new houses must be coupled with support to help the region’s potential homeowners understand all of the options available to them. Our recent research with Chamber Partner members Thirteen found low awareness of schemes like Help to Buy, shared ownership and Starter Homes among the region’s students and young people – that needs to change if we want to make North East England an even better place to build a life and a career.”