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Housing minister reveals 50,000 plots

Some 50,000 building plots for affordable housing have already been identified according to housing minister Grant Shapps.
Shapps was speaking at a fringe session at the Conservative Party Conference organised by the Home Builders Federation and National House Building Council.

While he agreed that the country faces a housing crisis, he said the Government’s plans to release land for housing were well advanced.

The Government has told all its departments to identify land that can be sold and the housing minister confirmed “space for 50,000 of the 100,000 homes has already been identified”.

Shapps also defended measures to revitalise right-to-buy with bigger discounts and pledged that all proceeds from the sales will be directly reinvested in a further 100,000 new affordable homes.

Modern Masonry Alliance director Mike Leonard challenged the announcements on housing as a catalyst for immediate economic growth.

He called on the government to start building the first 25,000 social houses now. This would bring forward the economic benefits of the right to buy one for one replacement scheme.

“There is little doubt that the government now recognises the economic benefits of building homes. Their creativity in trying to come up with no cost to government schemes is to be admired but unfortunately it will not work. Government needs to pump prime the housing market to deliver jobs and growth.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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