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Housing Minister calls for more housebuilding for all tenures 29/09/2016

In his speech at the National Housing Federation Conference on 19 September, Housing Minister Gavin Barwell called for a big increase in housebuilding across all tenures, signalling a shift in policy from the previous government's almost exclusive focus on home ownership.


"We haven't built enough homes in this country for a very, very long time", he said. Refusing to single out planners or developers for blame, he insisted that "The truth is that we need to release more land, speed up the planning system and get homes built more quickly once planning permission is granted". 


In a departure from the previous government's almost exclusive emphasis on starter homes, he added "The truth is we need more homes for sale, more homes for market rent and more sub-market homes for rent".


The Minister apologised that he was unable to give details on the roll-out of voluntary RTB to housing associations, but argued that it's not just RTB purchasers who should benefit from RTB, because "I hope all of you are going to use the receipts from those sales to build new properties for rent."


Read the Minister's speech.


ARCH CEO John Bibby comments:


"The acknowledgement by the Housing Minister that we need to build more homes for sub-market rent echoes the call made by ARCH Chair Cllr Paul Ellis in our letter. We look forward to discussing the role that local authorities can play in helping to deliver more affordable and social rented housing when we meet the Minister on 12 October."

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