The RT Hon Christopher Pincher MP has been appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. This appointment, which was made on 13 February 2020, follows the news that Esther McVey was relieved from her duties as part of the government shuffle. Christopher represents the 18th Housing Minister in 20 years and the 10th housing minister in 10 years.
First elected Conservative MP for Tamworth in May 2010, Christopher was previously Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 25 July 2019 to 13 February 2020 and Deputy Chief Whip. He was also the Treasurer of HM Household from 9 January 2018 to 25 July 2019.
Immediately after his appointment, Christopher tweeted ‘This Government will deliver on our commitment to build the housing that people need.
Christopher has some interesting links to the property industry and has made some interesting statements in the past relevant to the industry. He was a company director of the agriculture, property and trading group J T Leavesley Ltd which specialises in property, trading and agriculture. In a 2016 debate, Pincher spoke of the importance of increasing the number of small to medium sized enterprises in the development supply chain to ensure greater efficiency. He also highlighted the need for a different mix of buildings, including more bungalows to allow older people to downsize and free up family homes.
Having spoken out in favour of charging market rents to higher earning social housing tenants, Christopher is also a keen advocate of help to buy. He has also published articles stating how he welcomes people realising their dream of home ownership.
Christopher has run a campaign on local authorities providing clarity over the spending of developer money in local communities, seeking to ensure that if developments are built on the border of a district, residents of the neighbouring district also obtain positive benefits.
Paul Fong, who leads the planning team at Ridge, confirmed;
We hope Mr Pincher brings an element of stability to this vital government post. Strong, consistent leadership is essential to meet the government’s ambitious housing targets.. I understand Mr Pincher may be looking to reform the NPPF and we look forward to these proposals