The Welsh Affairs Select Committee have heard evidence from a panel of experts on the effects of shifts in housing policy and the market on Welsh communities. Yesterday (24 January 2024) the session heard from Mark Harris, Planning & Policy Adviser for Wales, Home Builders Federation, Barry Rees MBE, Corporate Director, Ceredigion County Council and Ifan Glyn, Wales Director, Federation of Master Builders.
In their evidence the three discussed the challenges and key factors facing housing development and provision in Wales. Among the topics discussed were Welsh Government policy, council tax rates for second homes, housing demand in different areas, types of housing required, planning legislation and how wider economic factors affects policy making. A focus of some of the MPs interviewing the three were the effects these factors had on demographic and population changes in Wales, and how this in turn affects community cohesion and the linguistic future of these communities.
You can watch the session in full by following this link to Parliament TV.