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New body commit to increase housing and regeneration

A new body, due to be up and running by April 2009, will aim to deliver £1b worth of new homes, infrastructure and community facilities by 2014.
New housing and regeneration body Communities England will boost housing supply across the country and help revitalise some of our most deprived towns and cities, according to Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.

Kelly will call on all sectors involved in housing and regeneration to offer views on the vision and scope outlined for Communities England. Working with local councils, it aims to: increase the supply of housing; transform estates; increase low-cost home ownership; promote a mix of tenure and housing type; regenerate deprived town centres; promote the re-use of brown field and surplus public sector land; and raise environmental standards throughout the housing market.

“Housing supply has already increased from 130,000 a year to more than 180,000 a year since 2001,” said Kelly. “Investment in affordable housing has more than doubled in that time, with private sector investment increasing by 50% over the last year to an annual total of £1b. These are significant achievements, but we must raise our efforts if we are to reach the levels of the supply needed across the country.”

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