Mr Wright made the comments during at ‘Question Time’ style panel discussion at the National Housing Federation’s annual conference in Birmingham.
He said: “Local authorities should make more use of the tools available to them - like PPS3 (Planning Policy Statement Three) - to create mixed communities.”
The government has long pushed its mixed communities message.
A Department for Communities & Local Government committee review of the private rented sector, published in April, said: “In the social rented sector, the creation of mixed communities, where social rented housing sits alongside private rented and owner-occupied homes, should pervade all spatial and housing policy to reduce social polarisation.”
Mr Wright said that it was through PPS3 that councils could exert their influence on this agenda.
Planning Policy Statements set out the Government’s national policies on aspects of planning in England. PPS3 sets out the policy framework for delivering the Government’s housing objectives.