A highly controversial council boss and a leading solicitor have been appointed to spearhead a government initiative to combat bureaucracy in housing.
Stephen Greenhalgh and Simon Randall have been named as ‘sector champions’ for the housing and construction theme of the government’s red tape challenge, which was announced last month.
Mr Greenhalgh is currently leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, although he is due to stand down later this year. His radical approach to social housing reform has been widely criticised by left-wing opponents.
Mr Randall is a solicitor specialising in housing who has worked with a number of housing associations including Broomleigh, where he was chair.
The two men will be charged with using their experience and contacts to promote the housing theme of the red tape challenge. The sector is being invited to give views on what bureaucracy could be cut to allow house building to flourish without damaging the quality of work.
Mr Randall said: ‘The housing and construction sectors are arguably the most highly regulated in the UK.
‘There is enormous scope for reducing red tape which could both increase and speed up the supply of private rented and social housing without in any way compromising on quality, security or sustainability.’