7 July 2022

Will Rt Hon Greg Clark assume Levelling Up, or enable it?

Congratulations to the Rt Honourable Greg Clark MP for becoming the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said: “Although the government is clearly in transition, a housing and levelling up secretary needs to be in post, and we therefore thank the Prime Minister for this swift appointment and welcome the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, who has had several ministerial positions that will prove integral to understanding the mechanics of levelling up in practice.”

The NFB has been lobbying the government on how placemaking and levelling up works on the ground and why the watering down of planning reforms will create major barriers to enable small and medium-sized housebuilders, directly employed labour, rural employment and a more skilled workforce. We therefore hope the new secretary of state is more openminded to working with the broader industry.

Rico Wojtulewicz, head of housing and planning for the House Builders Association (HBA) and NFB, said: “The Levelling Up Bill needs attention as it appears to be making assumptions that previous government policies have proved as flawed, such as on land prices going down, infrastructure first and localism enabling regional and national benefits. We therefore hope that the new minister will be more engaging with industry, so that the reality on the ground is heard and not assumed. The Secretary of State has a big job but our expertise and honesty is always available and we hope to meet him shorty.”