The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has called on the new government to take action to address the housing crisis.

According to Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the CIH, the Conservative Party committed to ending the housing crisis within a generation at the Homes for Britain rally in March.

Now that the party has defied the polls by achieving a majority in parliament, it has been urged to "start delivering on that commitment".

Mr Smart said this should begin with a long-term strategy outlining how the 250,000 homes that are needed every year will be built.

Furthermore, he stressed that more new affordable homes, including properties for social rent, are "urgently" required across the country.

Mr Smart went on to highlight the Conservative Party's pledge in the election campaign to extend Right to Buy to housing associations.

He warned that this headline-grabbing proposal will not tackle the housing crisis and could actually worsen conditions for those on lower incomes "who are already struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford".

Mr Smart argued that extending Right to Buy would have a "huge impact both on housing associations and on local authorities, as the Conservatives say councils would have to sell of their most valuable homes to fund replacements".

He went on to acknowledge that observers had not predicted a Conservative victory in the election and instead expected that policy negotiations would take place between different parties in an effort to form a coalition government.

This, he said, would have meant the country would have to "wait and see which manifesto policies would make it through the negotiations".    Mr Smart stated that now this is not the case, everyone in the housing sector must turn their attention to analysing the Conservative's manifesto pledges "very carefully to assess their potential impact".