Local MP Robin Walker has spoken of his delight at the announcement of the Government’s new white paper designed to fix the housing market and build new homes across the country.

The Government aims to build at least 225,000 new homes every year to cope with housing demand and ensure that ordinary working people are able to own their own home.

The announcement comes as good news for Worcester after the sharp slowdown in the delivery of affordable housing since Labour took over the City Council last May. Figures for December showed that the Labour-controlled council only produced 5 new affordable homes compared to 166 in the second quarter the year before under the Conservatives.   (Half year)

The key features of the announcement are:

  • Forcing councils to produce an up-to-date plan for housing demand at least every five years
  • Support local authorities to crack down on empty homes
  • Do more to prevent homelessness by working with local authorities, supporting households at risk as well as reducing rough sleeping.
  • Reducing the time allowed between planning permission and the start of building from three to two years
  • Using a £3bn fund to help smaller building firms challenge major developers, including support for off-site construction, where parts of buildings are assembled in a factory
  • Introduce a lifetime ISA to help first-time buyers
  • Maintaining protection for the green belt, which can only be built on “in exceptional circumstances”

The Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government Sajid Javid MP said:

“Walk down your local high street today and there’s one sight you’re almost certain to see. Young people, faces pressed against the estate agent’s window, trying and failing to find a home they can afford. With prices continuing to sky rocket, if we don’t act now, a whole generation could be left behind. We need to do better, and that means tackling the failures at every point in the system.”

“The housing market in this country is broken and the solution means building many more houses in the places that people want to live.”

“We are setting out ambitious proposals to help fix the housing market so that more ordinary working people from across the country can have the security of a decent place to live. The only way to halt the decline in affordability and help more people onto the housing ladder is to build more homes. Let’s get Britain building.”

Robin said:

“It is great to see Worcestershire MP Sajid Javid leading a drive to fix Britain’s housing market and get Britain building again. Over the last few years we have seen some positive delivery of affordable homes in Worcester and programmes such as help to buy have helped many of my constituents to own their own homes for the first time, however I am acutely aware of the pressing need to build more affordable homes. It is disappointing that the City Council administration have presided over a slowdown in new affordable homes but I hope we can work together to turn this around.”

“I particularly welcome the focus of bringing empty homes back into use. Preventing homelessness and homes in city centres can play in revitalising communities. All of these elements of the strategy along with increased investment by the government can make a real contribution to meeting housing need while protecting our precious green space.”

Notes to editors:

For the announcement please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-ambitious-plan-to-build-the-homes-britain-needs

For the white paper please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fixing-our-broken-housing-market

For Robin’s previous releases on affordable housing see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/red-alert-over-collapse-in-new-affordable-housing-under-labour-2/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-hails-another-record-number-of-new-affordable-homes-in-worcester/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/more-homes-being-built-in-worcestershire-as-swdp-go-ahead-protects-green-land/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-urges-britain-to-build-on-worcesters-housing-successes/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-congratulates-worcester-city-council-on-record-delivery-of-affordable-homes/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/6780-families-in-worcester-will-now-have-the-opportunity-to-buy-their-housing-association-home/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/restored-conservative-council-delivers-more-affordable-homes/

For the figures on the last Labour administration’s failure to deliver affordable housing see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=0dbc37425acd86497e9293f3bf445b20

For the figures on the success of the previous Conservative administration on affordable homes see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=091c877ecfcecc7af611067a0fd89716

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=89cc299de3e2c67de2a1e2247e67f104

For Robin’s support for Help to Buy see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=04f1a07d104ce4c8f7c000a287155705

For his backing for the New Homes Bonus & figures for its contribution to Worcester see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=75f064c852722e3260cddc33d143d7fa

For Robin’s campaign on empty homes see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=ca9ca535a453c1e17048cbd1bd88063a