David Cameron says the government’s plans to build thousands of new affordable homes demonstrates a huge shift in policy.
David Cameron was speaking after the news was announced that the government plan to build 30,000 started homes, which will be developed over the next five years on Brownfield land.
David Cameron – A Huge shift in policy
Commenting on the news the Prime Minister David Cameron said;
“The move is a huge shift in government policy. Nothing like this has been done on this scale in three decades, the government rolling its sleeves up and directly getting homes built.”
Communities Secretary Greg Clark described the plans as a radical new approach that will help people trying to get on the property ladder realise their dreams, he said;
“Today’s radical new approach will mean the government will directly commission small and up-and-coming companies to build thousands of new homes on sites right across the country.”
“This, and the £1.2 billion new Starter Homes Fund, will help thousands of people to realise their dream of owning their own home.”
New affordable homes will be built on public owned land, including unused military and hospital sites in a bit to speed up its home building programme.
A pilot scheme will see five sites in England being directly commission by the government with the building of up to 13,000 new homes.
Around 40pc of the new homes are said to be affordable starter homes and will be built on sites at Old Oak Common, a former barracks in Dover, former Ministry of Defence land in Northstowe, a former hospital site at Lower Graylingwell, in Chichester, and a MoD site at Daedelus Waterfront in Gosport.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said:
“When it comes to building new homes, the availability of small sites is the single biggest barrier to SME house builders increasing their output.”
“Any measures that the government can introduce that will increase the number of small sites suitable for SME house builders will help address the housing shortfall.”
“It is also encouraging that the majority of these sites will already have planning permission in place as obtaining permission is all-too-often a lengthy and protracted process – avoiding this time delay should help house builders increase their supply much more quickly.”