Javid brings forward social housIng plans  


Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is bringing forward government plans to boost delivery of  


new homes.

The new planning measures, first outlined in the Housing White Paper earlier this year, will help give a realistic picture of how many homes each local area needs now and in future years. This will help more homes to be built in areas where it is unaffordable, based on average earnings in each area.

The new approach, which was first mooted in the government’s housing white paper, will help new, affordable, homes to be built where they are most needed, and save councils millions of pounds every year.javid mg 1304shutterstock 6835834

Javid said: “As anyone who has tried to buy or rent a home recently would probably tell you, the housing market in this country is broken. The simple truth is that for far too long we haven’t built enough homes and we don’t build them quickly enough.

“It’s time to fix that. This new approach will cut the unnecessarily complex and lengthy debates that can delay house building. It will make sure we have a clear and realistic assessment of how many new homes are needed, and ensure local communities have a voice in deciding where they go.”

Javid’s words came in an address to the National Housing Federation conference last week (September 19).

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