Copper has called for infrastructure to be planned hand in hand with housing to create better places to live and work.

Responding to the National Infrastructure Commission’s call for evidence on the National Infrastructure Assessment (NNA), Copper said that the benefits of infrastructure cannot be maximised unless investment demonstrates how it will unlock the homes we need, as set out in the Government’s Housing White Paper.

Linda Taylor, Managing Director at Copper, said: “Infrastructure prioritisation and design can be considered in the context of how it unlocks housing opportunities, and vice versa. Infrastructure should also be measured on how it encourages wider investment to support economic growth and other societal benefits which are meaningful to communities.

“According to our own research, the public wants to be more involved in plan making and is interested in what it means for them in their area.

“The fact that the NIC is seeking evidence on this interconnection between new homes and infrastructure is encouraging. Our report shows that the public wants to see joined up thinking on housing and infrastructure.”