Commitment of £225m for new homes is welcomed

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Published on Thursday, 22 November 2012 10:23
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Responding to the Deputy Prime Minister's speech to the national house building council the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive, Grainia Long, said:

"The Deputy Prime Minister is absolutely correct that we face a housing crisis and that we have failed to build the number of homes that we need for many years.

He is right about the scale of ambition that will be necessary if we are to provide decent homes and real housing choices for today's younger households and for generations to come."

Grainia continued: "But it's not just about building anything and everything and the Deputy Prime Minister can rightly take inspiration from the Garden Cities movement in working to ensure that we build places where people want to live, with well designed, high quality homes and adequate green space.  Well built homes with real people and real lives in mind are also much more likely to gain local support."

We need to address our housing crisis now and the government is right to focus on existing stalled schemes which can be brought on stream in the shorter term, where the £225m of new government funding to help de-risk projects is a welcome contribution.

But the Deputy Prime Minister is also right that our housing crisis has been 30 years in the making and will need long term action to properly address it. Government needs a long term vision and a long term strategy and the Deputy Prime Minister's speech is a welcome recognition of this - we look forward to seeing further details of large sites competition."

Source: ©CIH

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