Joe Tibbetts is the publisher and managing editor of i-D Information Daily and Council News Monitor. He hosts Working Lunch and chairs AnswerTime the InformationDaily.TV panel show. He chairs conferences and advises public and private sector organisations on how to get heard.@Joe_Tibbetts
Kim Kees - head of sales operations at Arcus Global - talks to Joe Tibbetts about what new technology in the planning process might do to help us solve the housing crisis.
Ahead of Connected Local Government Live when planning and the role for local government in solving the chronic UK housing shortage Joe Tibbetts asks Kim Kees from Arcus Global how smarter technology can help ease the bottlenecks in the production of new homes.
There is already a significant historic shortfall in the number of houses getting built and every year it’s getting worse. The Government's own figures show that over the next 20 years, in England, we will need to house an average of two hundred and ten thousand new family units every year. In 2016 we built just over 140,000 new homes. For decades successive governments have made election promises and set targets which were rarely if ever delivered. Now the Local Authorities say that "austerity" has taken so many staff and cut the budgets so far that they are now unable to cope with the number of planning applications that they need to process.
Our only hope, it seems, is in new technology.